Giannis Antetokounmpo breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Milwaukee Bucks goalscoring record

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates a basket Thursday night in a win over the Nets.  He finished with 44 points and edged Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop the franchise's all-time scoring list with 14,216.

NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo wanted this one.

As he tallied numbers and escalated names in the respective Milwaukee Bucks and NBA recorded histories in recent seasons, he allowed himself to briefly acknowledge the moment before moving past it. But – but – never too far in advance. It’s a mental tightrope that he’s become comfortable on.

This one, however, was different.

“It’s cool,” he admitted a few games before breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record on Thursday night on a three-point pullback over Brooklyn center Andre Drummond with 18 seconds left in the fourth. quarter. The shot tied the score, 110-110.

He then hit both game-winning free throws in a 120-119 overtime win at Barclays Center.

“How many points 14,000 and something? Ohhh! I’m a bucket! I’m a bucket! It’s fun, you know?