Behind Giannis Antetokounmpo’s amazing closeout effort, the Bucks defeat the Suns to win their first NBA title in 50 years.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ fans will not remember the aesthetics of Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
All they’ll remember is the thrill of winning a championship and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s career-defining performance.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, earning Milwaukee its first title since 1971, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to victory against the Baltimore Bullets.
And, as it should be, two-time MVP Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a career-defining victory.
Antetokounmpo, who was named Finals MVP, scored 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked five shots. Just as impressive as his 16-for-25 shooting from the field was his 17-for-19 free-throw shooting.
According to basketball-reference.com, his 50 points were the sixth-highest scoring effort in Finals history.
Milwaukee was the more composed squad in the series’ final three games, which were all tight matchups.
Milwaukee outscored Phoenix 28-21 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 77-77 after three quarters. With 56.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton’s mid-range shot gave the Bucks a 102-96 advantage.