“It took Giannis 3 years to get as many 40-plus-point playoff games as Steph Curry?”: How Bucks MVP amassed an equal number of 40-plus-point games as Warriors no. 30
Giannis has had as many games over 40 points as Steph Curry in two years as Curry has since 2013.
Giannis appears to be the main man currently ushering in a new era for the NBA. These 2022 NBA Playoffs are the first Playoffs in 17 years without LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Instead, the semi-final teams are led by rising superstars like Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum.
At the helm of it all is reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks currently hold a 2-1 lead over the Boston Celtics after a biting finish that tipped Al Horford on a shot just after the buzzer sounded, leading to a 2-point win for the Bucks.
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However, at the heart of last night’s Game 3 was the 42-point masterpiece the 2x MVP put up that sent the Celtics’ home defense into utter chaos. It’s the first 40-plus-point game for him in the playoffs and if this year feels like last, it certainly won’t be the last.
Giannis and Steph Curry have the same number of games over 40 points in the playoffs?
The first time Giannis scored 40+ points in the playoffs, like when he lost 41 in Detroit in 2019. He then scored 40+ points 4 times in the 2021 playoffs, including one game of 50 legacy-defining points in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Steph Curry is another player who has had six 40+ point games in his playoff career. His first was in 2013 and his most recent was in a Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors when he was 47.
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The main difference between the two is that Steph took 7 playoffs to get the same number of games over 40 points as Giannis, who did it in almost half the time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has as many 40-plus-point games in his playoff career as Steph Curry.
—Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) May 8, 2022
Of course, several years of Curry’s career have been with Kevin Durant playing a major role in the Golden State Warriors offense. This stat isn’t to denigrate Curry, but rather to highlight just how amazing the “Greek Freak” truly is.