The Rundown: Giannis hangs 47 on Lakers, Butler gets triple-double

Published November 18, 2021, 2:40 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks took down the Lakers, while Jimmy Butler returned to lead the Heat to a win over the Pelicans.


Hornets 97, Wizards 87

Pistons 97, Pacers 89

Hawks 110, Celtics 99

Nets 109, Cavaliers 99

Heat 113, Pelicans 98 

Magic 104, Knicks 98

Bucks 109, Lakers 102

Timberwolves 107, Kings 97

Thunder 101, Rockets 89

Suns 105, Mavericks 98

Trail Blazers 112, Bulls 107

What went down

Giannis Antetokounmpo must have circled this game against the Los Angeles Lakers on his calendar because he started the game hot. Like walking up to a 3-pointer kind of hot. In his first 16 minutes on the floor, Giannis already had big endgame numbers: 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting and five rebounds.

He was viciously dunked on by Anthony Davis in the third quarter but that was the only negative in his otherwise immaculate performance. Take a look at the reigning finals MVP’s stats after the game: 47 points (18-of-23 shots), nine rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block.

The Lakers simply had no answer in this battle of champions. Without LeBron James, it was Talen Horton-Tucker leading the scoring with 25 points. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook were held to “only” 18 points and 19 points, respectively. 

Another positive for the Milwaukee Bucks was the return of Khris Middleton, who missed their last eight games after going through health and safety protocols. He came back in good shape, immediately tallying 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists in 30 minutes of play. 

The Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak with the win while the Lakers absorbed two losses in a row.

Big-time ballers

Lu Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder is known for sending the opposing team’s top scorers to a new hell but that doesn’t mean he can’t put the ball in the basket.

Against the Houston Rockets, Dort scored 34 points, missing only eight of his 22 attempts. This isn’t an outlier game either. For the past seven Thunder games, Dort is averaging 22 points per game, which is double his career average. OKC is 5-2 in that seven-game stretch. 

What he said

Jimmy Butler returned to action versus the New Orleans Pelicans after missing three games with a hurt ankle. He played a heavy 36 minutes, got a triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists), and carried the Miami Heat to their 10th win in 15 games.

Butler was expectedly gassed after the game (the first half of a back-to-back), prompting him to make a simple request to his teammates Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry, who were both out:

Did you see that?

Tyler Herro has been having a ridiculously spectacular season so far for the Miami Heat but this is just plain ridiculous: