Giannis secures Bucks feat previously only held by Abdul-Jabbar
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the ball in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo secures Bucks feat previously only held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Milwaukee Bucks handled the Indiana Pacers 142-133 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night, and reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo did MVP things in the process.

ESPN Stats & Info added that the 26-year-old Greek Freak is the first player in the league to record such a game since Charles Barkley in 1988.

Those numbers are part of a larger statistical feat that Giannis is on the edge of claiming: 

The 45-25 Bucks are nestled in as the No. 3 seed behind 47-23 Philadelphia and 46-24 Brooklyn atop the Eastern Conference. The other three squads to clinch guaranteed playoff berths are 40-31 Atlanta, 39-31 Miami and 39-31 New York—the Knicks' first postseason trip since 2013.

Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee with 28.4 points per game and 11 rebounds per game, while his 5.9 assists per game are second only to Jrue Holiday (6.0).

The Bucks will finish their regular-season campaign by hosting Miami on Saturday, then Chicago on Sunday.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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