Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates in Win Over Indiana Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the Indiana Pacers in a 141-131 win on Thursday night, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was his typically dominant self. The two-time MVP posted a dominant 41 points and stuffed the stat sheet with 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block.

It should have been an even bigger night. Antetokounmpo hit on 16 of his 29 shots but only seven of his 18 free throw attempts. Free throws have continued to be virtually the only flaw in the 2021 NBA champion's outstanding skillset: he's averaging a disappointing .645 success rate, well below the association average of .780.

Still, Antetokounmpo remains one of the NBA's truly elite players. He's averaging a career-high 31.3 points per game on a very respectable .527 field goal percentage, and no player is more important to his team's success: he's contributing a crucial 12.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, and his 38.6 usage percentage leads the NBA. The Bucks are 32-17 and third in the Eastern Conference, and they'll be a perennial contender so long as he's on the floor.

The Bucks host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

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