The NBA has rescinded Giannis Antetokounmpo’s tenth rebound from the Milwaukee Bucks’ 117-111 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday, thus eliminating what was initially his fourth triple-double of the season. Antetokounmpo had tried to stat-pad his option to the mark.
When Corey Kispert missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, the Wizards have been able to concede. All that was left was for the Bucks to dribble out the clock, however Antetokounmpo had different concepts. The two-time MVP had grabbed Kispert’s errant shot for his ninth rebound of the sport, and was only one board shy of a triple-double. So he hustled right down to the opposite finish of the ground, and with one second remaining deliberately missed a layup so he might get the offensive rebound.
While that was initially counted as his tenth rebound, league guidelines state that to ensure that a shot try and be official, the participant has to take it “with intent to attain a field-goal.” As Antetokounmpo didn’t achieve this, his flip on the rim was not an official try, which meant there may very well be no rebound.
Antetokounmpo completed with 23 factors, 9 rebounds, 13 assists and three blocks on the evening, in what was one other sturdy efficiency no matter whether or not he bought a triple-double. But it is all the time slightly bit sweeter if you hit that mark, and Antetokounmpo knew precisely what he was doing.
“I used to be desirous about scoring the ball, however I really feel like in these conditions it is best to form of preserve the ball,” Antetokounmpo stated. “But yeah, I simply attempt to play the sport sensible and form of stole one.”
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Antetokounmpo’s antics are, in fact, paying homage to the best stat-padding try in league historical past. Back in 2003, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Davis was one rebound shy of a triple-double with seven seconds remaining in what was about to be a 122-95 win over the Utah Jazz.
Instead of dribbling out the clock, he threw the ball of his personal basket to try to get his tenth rebound, however the plan backfired in spectacular style. For one, missed photographs by yourself basket do not rely as makes an attempt, so he wasn’t credited with a rebound and did not get his triple-double. He additionally bought shoved by DeShawn Stevenson within the aftermath, berated by Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and fined an undisclosed quantity by the crew.
No such punishment will likely be forthcoming for Antetokounmpo, however he did not get his triple-double both.