MILWAUKEE ( Associated Press) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 55 points after missing a game one game as the Milwaukee Bucks ended their five-game winning streak with a 123-113 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
Antetokounmpo scored at least 40 points in three straight games for the first time in his career. The two-time MVP missed Sunday’s 118-95 loss to the Wizards due to sore left knee.
Flynn Robinson in February 1969 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1972 are the only other Bucks players with three straight 40-point doubles.
Antetokounmpo also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, so he also had at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a three-game streak. The only NBA players to have the same performance in three consecutive games are Elgin Baylor in 1961 and 1963, Wilt Chamberlain in 1963, and Russell Westbrook in 2016.
Antetokounmpo’s previous high of points was 52 on March 17, 2019, against the Philadelphia 76ers.
It was Antetokounmpo’s second performance with at least 50 points since Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals, when his 50-point night earned the Bucks their first title in half a century. Antetokounmpo also scored a 50 on February 15, 2022, in a 128–119 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Washington’s Bradley Beal returned after missing three games with a strained hamstring, but played just 13 minutes. Beal scored eight points before a hamstring problem forced him to play in the second half.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Wizards and Kyle Kuzma added 20 points.
Brooke Lopez added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, and Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo scored nine points during a 17–0 run late in the second quarter as the Bucks won for the second time in their last seven games. On Sunday, the Wizards beat them without Antetokounmpo, Junior Holiday and Khris Middleton.
Holiday played Tuesday after missing three games with a non-COVID illness and scored six points in 19 minutes. Middleton missed his eighth consecutive game because of soreness in his right knee and will also miss Wednesday for the Toronto Raptors.
Milwaukee’s 17–0 run turned a 49–46 deficit into a 63–49 lead. Washington cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95–93 on a pair of Daniel Gafford free throws with 10:04 remaining, but the Wizards were never able to tie it up or retake the lead.