TODAY’S SPORTSTAT — Greek Freak joins select group

  • By JERRY TAPP
    With 147 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo
    surpassed legendary big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    for the most points by a Milwaukee Bucks’ player in the first
    four games of a season. Jabbar had 146 in the first
    four games of the 1970-71 season.
    Giannis’ 147 points was the seventh time in Bucks
    history that one of their players had 115 or more
    points in the first four games of a season. In
    addition to the Green Freak’s 147 and Jabbar’s 146,
    the others who reached the 115-point mark for the
    Bucks in the first four games of a season: Jabbar,
    1972-73, 142; Marques Johnson, 1978-79, 128;
    Jabbar, 1974-75, 118; Ray Allen, 2001-02, 117;
    and Michael Redd, 2005-06, 115.
    Giannis also jumped into the Top 10 of the NBA’s
    list of players with the most points in the first four
    games of a season. His 147 gave him the 10th highest total in league history. He became the 15th player in NBA history to have 140 or more points in
    the first four games of a season (it has been done
    19 times since 1963-64). Michael Jordan (four
    times) and Jabbar (twice) are the only players to do
    it more than once in their careers.
  • The 15 players to score 140 or more points in the
    first four games of an NBA season: Kareem Abdul-
    Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tiny Archibald,
    Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Wilt
    Chamberlain, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar
    DeRozan, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Shaquille
    O’Neal, Jerry West, Russell Westbrook. (Note: Davis,
    DeRozan and Westbrook each did it last season,
    2016-17).
    For the record, Jordan holds the NBA record with
    163 points scored in the first four games of a
    season. He did it in 1989-90. He also holds the
    second-most mark with 158 points in 1986-87.

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