2021 NBA Finals

Giannis Antetokounmpo posts back-to-back 40-point, 10-rebound Finals games

Giannis Antetokounmpo's interior dominance has lifted him into elite company on the Finals stage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has logged 40 or more points in Games 2 and 3 of The Finals to join elite company.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s regular season accolades already stood solidly alongside the greatest legends of the game. Now his postseason accomplishments are beginning to do the same.

The former two-time Kia MVP dominated in Milwaukee’s 120-100 win over Phoenix on Sunday, amassing 41 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks earned their first Finals victory since 1974 and made the current series a 2-1 affair.

Antetokounmpo’s performance comes on the heels of his 42-point, 12-rebound effort in Game 2. The Grecian-born superstar becomes just the second player in NBA history with back-to-back 40-point, 10-rebound games in The Finals, joining Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

Simply scoring 40 points in consecutive Finals games was rare enough; Antetokounmpo is just the sixth player in league history to do it, joining Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Rick Barry, LeBron James, and O’Neal. Aside from that feat, Antetokounmpo has amassed 103 points in his first three Finals games. Per Elias Sports, that ranks fourth all-time trailing only Barry, Allen Iverson and Willis Reed.

Most points in first three career Finals games
Player (Team) Finals Points
Rick Barry (Warriors) 1967 122
Allen Iverson (76ers) 2001 106
Willis Reed (Knicks) 1970 104
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2021 103

Additionally, Antetokounmpo joins Reed as the only players with 100 or more points and 40 or more rebounds in their first three career Finals games. Reed logged 104 points and 48 rebounds in his first three Finals games in 1970.

“At the end of the day, what I think is ‘always stay aggressive. Always try to get downhill,'” Antetokounmpo said after Game 3.

He has done so in vintage fashion. In Games 2 and 3 combined, the All-NBA forward has scored 74 of his 83 points either in the paint or at the free throw line.