With just over a minute remaining in the Milwaukee Bucks‘ 112-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, it was time for Thanasis Antetokounmpo to do something his younger brother, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was unwilling to do when he had the chance just a minute earlier: bully their little brother, Kostas.
With the ball in his hands late in one of the Bucks’ final offensive possessions, Thanasis, 28, initiated a pick-and-roll and got Kostas Antetokounmpo, 23, to switch off of his man and onto him. With Kostas covering him on the switch, Thanasis put the ball in between the legs and dribbled out to the 3-point line on the right wing. Kostas didn’t stick close enough to him though, and Thanasis took one more dribble to set up a stepback 3. Kostas read the move, likely because he had seen it hundreds of times during various offseason workouts with his older brother, and contested it well, but it didn’t matter.
Thanasis rose up just high enough and nailed the 3 over Kostas’ outstretched right arm.
“I don’t know, Thanasis is just ruthless, man,” Giannis joked after the game. “Went in, had the stepback on his little brother. Come on, man. How can you do that to your little brother? I had the opportunity to do the same, but I didn’t.”
By that point, Giannis, 25, could only watch from the sidelines as his brothers went head-to-head, but he had been on the floor with both of his brothers for the first time in his career just moments earlier. For 52 seconds, Giannis, Kostas, and Thanasis shared the court, becoming just the second trio of brothers to share the floor in an NBA game.