Giannis' Game 5 Dominance vs. Bulls Proves Bucks Should Be Repeat Title FavoritesApril 28, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks meant business Wednesday, as the defending NBA champions polished off their first-round playoff series win against the Chicago Bulls with a 116-100 victory.
Simply put, the Bucks were full-throttle from the jump, soaring to a 34-18 first-quarter lead:
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Giannis Antetokounmpo went 5-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free throw line to score 15 points. Jrue Holiday played the entire first quarter and scored 5 points and had 5 assists. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bucks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bucks</a> aren't messing around to start this one.
The Bucks led 60-42 at the half, with Antetokounmpo dropping 23 points. He ended up making his first seven shots and 8-of-9 in the first half.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points in the 1st half, the most in a 1st half in his playoff career.<br><br>16 of Antetokounmpo's 23 points came in the paint. The Bulls as a team had 16 points in the paint. <a href="https://t.co/Jdiy9xTbwW">pic.twitter.com/Jdiy9xTbwW</a>
Antetokounmpo ended with 33 points in 30 minutes and sat down the stretch as the Bucks reserves closed this one out.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP isn't in this year's NBA MVP discussion, but there really isn't a question as to who the best player in the world is anymore.
With Antetokounmpo on board, anything is possible for Milwaukee, even if they have an uphill road to climb as a No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks probably deserve more credit than they've been given.
And that's largely because Giannis has been as dominant as ever in these playoffs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo DOMINATED the Bulls in their 5-game series 😤<br><br>27 PTS - 16 REBS - 3 ASTS - 52.6% FG<br>33 PTS - 18 REBS - 9 ASTS - 55% FG<br>18 PTS - 7 REBS - 9 ASTS - 58.3% FG<br>32 PTS - 17 REBS - 7 ASTS - 50% FG<br>33 PTS - 9 REBS - 3 ASTS - 73.3% FG <a href="https://t.co/3yfvAFTljz">pic.twitter.com/3yfvAFTljz</a>
Now the Bucks will move on to play the No. 2 seed Boston Celtics beginning Sunday afternoon.