Antetokounmpo has career-high 55 points Buckbeat Wizards

Antetokounmpo has career-high 55 points, Bucks beat Wizards

Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo says he wants to produce with so much consistency that it causes boredom.

Thats the only respect in which the two-time MVP has fallen shortly lately.

Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 55 points with a series of thrilling dunks and drivesas the Milwaukee Bucks beat Washington 123-113 on Tuesday night, snapping the Wizards five-game winning streak. The spectacular forward also had 10 rebounds and seven assists to continue arguably the best stretch of his career.

I want to get in a position ... that my game is boring, Antetokounmpo said. I just do what I do and people dont talk about it because it becomes boring I do it every single night. Thats what I want to do. I want other people to feel like my game is boring. But I dont get bored. The greats the best players never get bored. They go out there and they always give their best any given night.

Antetokounmpo has at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of the last three games hes played. He sat out a118-95 loss to the Wizardson Sunday because of a sore left knee.

The only other players in NBA history to have three straight performances of 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists are Elgin Baylor in 1961 and 1963, Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 and Russell Westbrook in 2016. The only other Bucks players to score at least 40 points in three straight appearances are Flynn Robinson in February 1969 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1972.

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Hes been kind of playing with this kind of determination, this kind of just willing us in games, coach Mike Budenholzer said. Tonight we were able to win it. Hes just been phenomenal.

Bucks center Brook Lopez is in his fifth season of playing alongside Antetokoumpo. The 7-footer couldnt recall a regular-season stretch in which Antetokounmpo has played better than this.

Hes just constantly improving, said Lopez, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds. When you think where else can he go and how else can he improve, he just improves again. Were going to have to expand the English language in some way to come up with words (to describe him). I dont know if Ive said that before, but Im sure hes going to improve again. Who knows what hes going to do next. Hes just so otherworldly.

Antetokounmpos previous career high was a52-point effort against the Philadelphia 76erson March 17, 2019. He just missed the single-game franchise scoring record owned by Michael Redd, who scored 57 points against the Utah Jazz in November 2006.

Bradley Beal returned for Washington after missing three games with a sore left hamstring, but he played just 13 minutes. Beal scored eight points before the hamstring issue prevented him from playing at all in the second half.

Same area, Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. We just have to get it evaluated.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Wizards, and Kyle Kuzma added 20.

Milwaukees Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Jrue Holiday returned to action for the Bucks after missing three games with a non-COVID illness and scored six points in 19 minutes. Khris Middleton missed an eighth straight game with a sore right knee and also wont play Wednesday at Toronto.

Wizards: Taj Gibson missed a third consecutive game with a sore left groin. ... Gaford had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. ... Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija and Corey Kispert had 12 points each.

Bucks: George Hill missed a third straight game due to a non-COVID illness. ... Portis has four consecutive double-doubles. ... Grayson Allen shot 1 of 9 overall and 1 of 7 from 3-point range to continue his slump. Allen is 9 of 37 on 3-point attempts over his last four games. ... Antetokounmpo was 15 of 16 on free throws.

Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Bucks: At Toronto on Wednesday night.