Bucks win first NBA Championship in 50 years after beating Suns
Posted On July 21, 2021
MILWAUKEE – Beauty is not a requirement for championships.
The 2021 NBA Finals Game 6 aesthetic will not be remembered by their fans for the Milwaukee Bucks.
All they’ll remember is the joy of winning a title and a career-defining performance for two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, giving Milwaukee its first championship since 1971 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson propelled the Bucks against the Baltimore Bullets.
And, fittingly, two-time MVP Antetokounmpo carried the Bucks in a career-defining effort.
Named MVP of the final, Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, collected 14 rebounds and managed five blocks, and just as important as his 16-for-25 shot from the field was, the notoriously below-par free throw shooter committed 17 for 19 shots.
His 50 points were the sixth best score in the history of the final, according to basketball-reference.com.
In the last three games of the series – all close contests – Milwaukee has proven to be the more balanced team.
In a 77-77 game after three quarters, Milwaukee outscored Phoenix 28-21 in the final quarter. Khris Middleton’s midrange jumper with 56.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Bucks a 102-96 lead.
The Bucks are the fifth NBA team in 36 times to lose the first two games of a Finals series and win the title.
Antetokounmpo joins Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the only player in NBA history to win MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.
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