The Milwaukee Bucks are 2021 NBA Champions thanks to a historic performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo last night. The Bucks took down the Phoenix Suns in game six of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night to clinch the franchise’s first NBA Title since 1971.
Milwaukee Bucks champions
Milwaukee took this one by a final score of 105-98, led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo who put up one of the greatest finals performances in league history. The superstar dropped a whopping 50 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 blocks on 16-25 shooting. But maybe the most impressive stat from Giannis in this one was his free throw shooting. Known for his inability to knock down free throws at a consistent rate, Antetokounmpo was brilliant from the line in game six, dropping 17 of his 19 attempts.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MVP
As expected, Antetokounmpo was named 2021 Finals MVP. The Milwaukee Bucks man was spectacular in six finals games, putting up 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game on 61.8% from the field. He becomes the first player in NBA history to average 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists on 60%+ shooting in a finals series.
Giannis was quick to credit the fans and his teammates as he accepted his Finals MVP award. “I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates. … I wanted to do it here in this city. I wanted to do it with these guys. I’m happy. I’m happy we were able to get it done.”
How the game panned out
Khris Middleton scored 17 points for the Bucks along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Bobby Portis added 16 off the bench and Jrue Holiday finished with 12 points, 9 boards, 11 assists and 4 steals.
The Bucks came out of the gate strong in this one, opening up a 13-point lead after the initial frame. But the Suns bounced back with a 31-13 second quarter to lead by five at the half. Milwaukee would close the gap to tie the game at 77 after three quarters, led by Antetokounmpo who had an answer for everything the Suns could throw at him, on both ends of the floor. In the fourth, the Bucks were able to get stops, create turnovers and make clutch shots to give themselves a seven point edge by the final buzzer.
Milwaukee records a fourth-straight victory with the win to take the series by a score of 4-2. The Suns won the first two games of the series at home before the Milwaukee Bucks rattled off four in a row to close it out.