Freak show: Antetokounmpo wins NBA Finals MVP title

Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP of the NBA Finals

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo # 34 of Milwaukee Bucks celebrates winning the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award after beating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 to win the 2021 NBA Finals at the Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images / AFP

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA Finals MVP Bill Russell after leading his team to a 4-2 victory over host Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

In the championship game, Antetokounmpo recorded a career-high 50 points in the playoffs to go with 14 rebounds and five blocks. He averaged 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks in the series.

“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wanted to do it in this city. I wanted to do it with these guys. “

The 26-year-old Greek forward scored 33 points in the second half, including his 50th point from a decisive free throw with 9.8 seconds left. He was 17 of 19 from the foul line to give the Bucks their first championship since 1971.

Antetokounmpo received the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award after averaging 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds against Phoenix.


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