Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most entertaining basketball players in the league. The Milwaukee Bucks’ budding superstar is a master of dribbling, a gifted rebounder, a skilled passer, and a three-point threat. None of those talents, however, are more fun to watch than Giannis’s famous dunks. That was on display Sunday night during the Bucks’ blowout of the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The Heat were down 20 points or more for most of the game, and Giannis was out for blood. He took some time to entertain the crowd, including a highlight reel dunk where he realistically channeled his inner Lionel Messi.
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Players focus and tune in when NBA playoff games get tense, contentious and on the edge of the wire. At halftime, the players do their best to entertain themselves and the fans as they wait for the clock to strike 0:00. The latter scenario played out in Game 2 of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat on Monday night, when the Bucks pulled out a 34-point victory after scoring 78 points in the first half. By the way, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo showed the home crowd some serious football skills in an excitinggame.
The Milwaukee Bucks destroyed the Miami Heat in Game 2, scoring 78 points in the first half
Giannis Antitokounmpo | Photo: Aurélien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images After winning Game 1 on a shot by Chris Middleton in the final seconds of overtime, the Bucks could have easily won Game 2. On Monday, however, exactly the opposite happened. Milwaukee took the field at Fiserv Forum for the second game of a seven-game series. When the dust settled, the Bucks went into halftime with a 78-51 lead over a stunned Heat team. The home team shot 30/53 from the field and 15/29 from beyond the arc for a franchise record in a semifinal game. They also set another playoff record by making 15 three-point shots in the first half. Bryn Forbes, the game’s top scorer in the first half, scored 19 points and set a playoff record with 22 points.
The second half between the Bucks and Heat turned into abrawl
As in many other cases, the losing team expressed their frustrations in the second half. The Heat, already a physically strong team, got a little rough with some Bucks players after halftime. Early in the third quarter, Heat forward Trevor Ariza hit Antetokounmpo hard on a shot attempt from the field. Then he did push-ups on the star’s chest as he stood up. That offense led to Miami’s first major offense of the night. Less than two minutes later, play was again interrupted for the referees to assess another gross foul, this time on Heath defender Kendrick Nunn. Nunn slipped under Middleton as he attempted a 3-pointer. The referees deemed the misconduct dangerous enough to give Nunn a 1 and let the Bucks shoot a three. Later, Middleton came into the spotlight when he took down point guard Goran Dragic. As the Bucs’ sniper made his move, Drogich tripped over Middleton. The referee awarded the Slovenian a technical foul for a dead ball. There were a few more heavy fouls and minor skirmishes in the final half. After one of these skirmishes, Antitokounmpo put on a show for the home fans by showing some deft footwork.
Giannis Antitokounmpo’s first love of sport was football, and he can still do it
Before becoming the NBA MVP, Antetokounmpo was the son of Nigerian immigrants in Athens, Greece, who loved the country’s most popular sport, soccer. After the match, journalists asked him about his football skills. Antetokounmpo explained that he was a skilled player long before he dominated hardcourt. He told reporters that the nine keepy uppies he made on the field were nothing, and that he probably could have made about 300. The Greek Freak went on to talk about the history of his game and his clever moves: I played football when I was younger. My father was a football player and loved football. When I was a kid, I wanted to play football, I didn’t want to play basketball. So, yeah, I’m still trying to have fun, you know? Most NBA fans, especially Bucks fans, are happy that the 6-foot-6 forward who became the NBA’s best player chose basketball over football, even though they enjoyed his impromptu juggling act Monday. On the other hand, the Heat’s players and fans would probably love to see him stay in the beautiful game. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19 . MAIL PAGE: Udonis Haslem, 40, played his first game of the season for the Miami Heat, scored twice and was suspended 3 minutes for fighting.