Giannis Antetokounmpo Mar 5, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (9) defends in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo said that he “stole” a triple-double thanks to a rebound opportunity he created at the end of the game.

Monday, the NBA took that rebound back from him, as well as the triple-double.

With nine seconds left in the Bucks’ win over the Wizards, Antetokounmpo grabbed a defensive rebound, giving him nine on the evening. He ran towards the other end of the court, got close to the basket, hesitated for a brief moment, intentionally threw the ball towards the bottom of the rim, and then caught the ball for what counted as his 10th rebound.

“Kind of stole one,” Antetokounmpo said Sunday after the game.

While he was credited with 10 rebounds by the on-site statisticians, the NBA reviewed the game stats as it normally does and ended up removing the last rebound. Per league rules, for a field goal attempt to count, the player must shoot “with intent to score a field goal,” which the Bucks star clearly did not.

Antetokounmpo’s official stat line for the game will now be 23 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds. Not only did he lose the triple-double, but his rebound average dropped from 11.94 per game to 11.92.

The good news is that since that shot no longer counted, his shooting percentage improved from .538 to .539.


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