Giannis Antetokounmpo has played like a man possessed through the first three games of the season, and after dropping a career-high 44 points on the Portland Trail Blazers, the Greek Freak says his reign of terror has only begun.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) October 22, 2017
In addition to his 44 points, Antetokounmpo made a pair of remarkable defensive plays late in the fourth quarter to secure the Milwaukee Bucks’ dramatic 113-110 victory.
The 22-year-old dedicated the game to his late father.
Per the Journal Sentinel:
He used a permanent marker to sign the ball and wrote these words upon it below his signature:
“This is for Daddy we got a win tonight and I got 44 points”
Giannis’ father, Charles, died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 54 on Sept. 29.
“It’s special,” Antetokounmpo said of receiving the ball from his teammates and dedicating it to his father. “Going forward I think that motivates me on a daily basis just playing hard for my family, especially for my dad because he loved to see us play. This is just the beginning. I’m not done yet. We’ve got 79 more games plus playoffs, hopefully. It’s just the beginning. Hopefully, he’s seeing us from above and he’s proud of us.”