Milwaukee — Giannis Antetokounmpo finished one of the greatest NBA Finals of all time with 50 points — and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.
Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots to be named Finals MVP as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win the series 4-2.
It was the third game of the series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo, a major, first-time performance in the final that was one of the game’s greatest.
He scored 16 for 25 off the ground and made an incredible 17-of 19 free throws – a stellar performance for any shooter, let alone the man who was hitting just 55.6% in the post season and several times over. was ridiculed for.
He jumped around the court, waving his arms with 20 seconds remaining to encourage the fans to cheer, but it was too late.
After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson waited 50 years to celebrate the winner after leading the Bucks to the championship in 1971, their voices were bouncing in and out for hours.
In a season played largely without fans, the Bucks packed 65,000 of them outside the Deere District, a wild party deep into a Midwestern night.
It rained inside the confetti as fans chanted “Rs in 6! Bucks in 6!” – What started out as a hopeful rant by the former player turned out to be a prophetic rally cry.
The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after going 2–0 down, and the first team since Miami in 2006 to win the next four games.
Chris Paul scored 26 points in his 16th season to finish his first NBA Finals appearance. Devin Booker added 19 points but collected just 8 points for 22 and missed all seven 3-pointers after scoring 40 points in each of the last two matches.
Teams that came to the NBA as expansion clubs in 1968 had a great final, with the final three games in deep balance in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks won him in large part due to Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP in the regular season, who raised his game even higher in the Finals and was voted the NBA Finals MVP.