Three-point shooting leads to more projections in scoring

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 55 points last Tuesday in Milwaukee’s win over Washington — and it wasn’t even Midfield’s best performance of the week.

That belonged to Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell, who had an astounding 71 the night before.

The last few weeks the NBA has seen an almost nightly display of one skill among the game’s greatest scorers. Whether it’s Mitchell’s extraordinary effort for the Cavaliers or Luka Doncic of Dallas hitting 50 points three times in a nine-day span, everywhere you turn another player seems to be putting up a huge total.

“I think there’s a lot of layers. You see night after night, the guys have tremendous offensive games,” said Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. “It’s fun to watch as a fan, of course. Frustrating when you’re trying to come up with a game plan to stop some of these guys because they score on all levels — painting, 3s, hitting the goal line.”

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