Wake up basketball fans! It’s time for your favorite hoops recap with Friday’s edition of the Morning Dunk!
A Nail-Biter in Milwaukee
The Indiana Pacers pulled off a stunning 126-124 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, but it wasn’t without its share of heart-stopping moments. The Bucks, missing the magic of Dame Lillard, found themselves in an early hole, only to claw back into the game thanks to a Herculean effort from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 'Greek Freak' was in god-mode, racking up a jaw-dropping 54 points and 12 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on a MISSION!— NBA (@NBA) November 10, 2023
He's got 26 in the 1H 🔥💪
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However, the Pacers had their own set of aces in Tyrese Haliburton and Canadian star Benedict Mathurin. Haliburton’s 29 points and smooth playmaking were just enough to lead his team to victory. While Mathurin added 26 points and 11 boards. Their combined efforts edged out the Bucks in a game that had fans on the edge of their seats till the final buzzer.
Incredibly, Giannis became the first player in NBA history to lose a game while recording 50 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on at least 75% shooting.
NBA Excitement Crosses Borders
Meanwhile, the NBA took its talent south of the border, as the Orlando Magic faced off against the Atlanta Hawks in a thrilling matchup in Mexico City. The game was a fiesta of basketball excellence, showcasing the sport's global appeal. Both teams, energized by the vibrant crowd, put on a show in the NBA’s 32nd game in Mexico. The contest had a little bit of everything – dunks, deep threes, and dazzling displays of athleticism.
Ice Trae came ready to play. The 5th-overall pick in the 2018 draft was getting buckets in the 1st half, dropping 33 points to lead the Hawks to a 73-69 lead through two quarters.
Young ultimately led the Hawks to a 120 to 119 win in front of a raucous throng of hoop fans. The game served as a reminder of the NBA’s global impact and the unifying power of sports. Hopefully, we see the Association travel more frequently in the near future.