Despite a Giannis Antetokounmpo in MVP form, the Milwaukee Bucks celebrated a happy victory at the NBA restart.
The Greek scored 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in 119: 112 against the Boston Celtics, but should have left the field a good two minutes before the end.
2:30 minutes before the end, the “Greek Freak” had hit Daniel Theis at 107: 107 in the groin area and would have been fouled out after his sixth foul. Theis scored after the play, after a check by the referee Giannis received no foul. The Bucks superstar then got his sixth foul just a minute later, but the call was discarded and changed to a Marcus Smart foul.
Smart criticizes referees
Giannis converted the following free throw and made a three-point play out of the action, after a threesome from Khris Middleton to 113: 107 shortly afterwards the Bucks left nothing to burn. (Table of the NBA)
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“Honestly, I think we all know exactly what was going on. Giannis’ sixth foul and they didn’t want to let him go out,” Smart said after the game. “If we just call things by name, it’s easy.”
The Bucks logically saw it differently. “I felt like he was moving on the last play, but whether it was an intervention or not – I’m happy we won and I’ll learn from the play,” said Antetokoumnpo.
With a record of 54:12, Milwaukee remains the best team in the NBA and should win the Eastern Conference for the second year in a row. (NBA schedule)
Wizards are subject to Suns
The best launcher on the part of the Celtics was Smart with 23 points, Theis got a double-double with 13 points and twelve rebounds.
The Washington Wizards also went bankrupt at the restart of the NBA: In 112: 125 against the Phoenix Suns, the two Germans Isaac Bonga (9 points) and Moritz Wagner (2) played only supporting roles.