Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from a game after a powerful dunk in the Bucks’ 120-118 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo received his second technical foul of the game in the second half after the monster dunk when he went hard to the rim and then tackled mean Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart, causing the referee to call the foul.
The technical call rattled Antetokounmpo as he walked over to Stewart and quickly sought an explanation for the call.
The Bucks superstar then attempted to sit courtside with fans before eventually leaving after about a minute.
Antetokounmpo finished the game with 15 points on 6 of 16 shooting and added nine rebounds and five assists despite the shortened performance.
After the Bucks’ win, crew chief Rodney Mott explained why Antetokounmpo was classified as a second technical player.
“After the dunk, Giannis turns to his opponent and taunts him, resulting in a taunting technical foul, an unsportsmanlike one. And he was ejected from the game according to the rules because two unsportsmanlike technical fouls get you ejected from the game,” Mott explained to a pool reporter. according to the Milwaukee Sentinal Journal.
The first technical error leveled at Antetokounmpo came late in the second quarter when he didn’t have the ball.
“During the play, Giannis drives to the basket thinking he’s going to get fouled. He then walks up to the game official and uses profanity, which is an unsportsmanlike technical foul and was assessed at that point,” Mott said of the first call.
The ejection marked the fifth time in Antetokounmpo’s career that he was ejected from a game. The most recent incident occurred in the Orlando COVID bubble during a game against Washington on August 11, 2020, when he headbutted Moe Wagner of the Wizards.
The Bucks will be back in action on Thursday when they take on the Pacers in Indiana.