Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists as the Bucks won their fifth game at TD Garden.
The Boston Celtics picked up the 5th game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, exactly where they left off in the previous game. Thanks to a 16-point performance by Jason Tatum in the first half, the Cs were able to take the lead Giannis Antetokounmpo and his dollars 54-47 enters the third period.
Despite leading by as much as 14 points at one point in the fourth quarter, Mike Budenholzer’s men managed to successfully win from behind, in a 11-2 run in the last 1:34, stealing a 110-107 win in Game 5.
DOLLARS TAKE GAME 5 🦌
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 12, 2022
As usual, the Greek Freak, who was bleeding from the eye, was the driving force in defending the title defender. Playing 40:20 tonight, the reigning MVP of the final ended the evening with 40 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and a block on the dominant 59.3% of shots from the field.
Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight:
THE BEST IN THE WORLD pic.twitter.com/yp8k40XP8o
– Tonio 🇩🇴 (@orlandoupnext) May 12, 2022
Antetokounmpo’s 6th playoff game with 40 points and 10 rebounds helps him enter the record book as just 5. player to ever do that. The elite company he is on the list with – LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
NBA Twitter applauds Giannis Antetokounmp for his 40-point double-double in the Bucks’ 5-game win over the Celtics
As soon as Giannis entered his 7th career playoff game with 40 points, NBA Twitter exploded with reactions.
Giannis just pulled out a Lebron James-type performance in the Garden. Go to hell…
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 12, 2022
What is too much is too much. You have to stop disrespecting Giannis and give him the title of best player in the NBA league. Bck2Bck MVP, MVP Final and MVP All star gm in the last 4 seasons. That should be more than enough for him for the title. #GreekFreak #BucksvsCelts # NBAPlayoffs2022
– Shannon Sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) May 12, 2022
People “Giannis can’t shoot from free throws” rn pic.twitter.com/z0T82v5VqA
– kalid 🍇 (@kingkaIid) May 12, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo has proven to the world that he is the best basketball player in the world with due respect
– Mark Jackson’s Burner (@casualtakeking) May 12, 2022
An important reminder from Giannis Antetokounmpa is well on his way to advancing as one of the greats of all time in basketball
Enjoy the greatness while being an organic people, because this sucks
– Mark Schindler (@MG_Schindler) May 12, 2022
With the 6th game played at the Fiserv Forum, Giannis and Bucks will look forward to closing the 4-2 series and consolidate their place in the Eastern Conference final for the second postseason in a row.