Giannis becomes third-ever European to score 50+ points in the NBA

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Antigoni Zachari

18/Mar/19 14:24

Giannis joined an elite duo of legendary European NBA players with his 52-point performance against Philadelphia 76ers.

By Antigoni Zachari /

We are used to seeing imposing performances by Giannis Antetokounmpo by now, though he keeps providing with more exciting, record-breaking games.

This time around, the Greek Freak joins Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki in a “Holy Trinity” of European players in the NBA who have scored 50 points and more. In fact, Giannis achieved the third-best offensive performance of a European up to this date!

Date Player Game Points Scored Stats
November 5, 2008 Tony Parker Spurs vs. Timberwolves 55 FG: 22-36
Minutes: 50
December 2, 2004 Dirk Nowitzki Rockets vs. Mavericks 53 FG: 15-32
Minutes: 49
March 17, 2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo Sixers vs. Bucks 52 FG: 15-26
Minutes: 36

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It is to be noted that Hakeem Olajuwon also deserves a mention at this point, as part of the “international” perspective of most points scored in a single game, with his 51-point performance against Boston on January 18, 1996, and his 50-point one against Denver on April 19, 1990.

Relive Giannis’ career-high, 52-point performance here.