(SATSports) – The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first championship in 50 years, making it their second title with the first coming in 1971, thanks to a brilliant performance by the two time NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Giannis, put up one of the greatest shows in the NBA finals, with 50 points to tie the sixth most points in NBA finals history.The 26 year old had been missing loads of free-throws in the post season but he shot 17 of 19 from the line. He added 14 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 assists to end the 50 year wait for a title in Milwaukee.
The Bucks looked to close out the series at home and they had quite the start, taking the first quarter 29-16, thanks to poor 29.2% field goal shooting from the Suns and great work on the board while also racking up 19 rebounds.
Momentum shifted towards the Suns in the second, who cut down the 13 point deficit, thanks to a 10-0 points run, a 1-11 field goal shooting from the Bucks and another 9-0 points run of their own, heading into half time with a 47-42 lead off a huge 13 points from Chris Paul in the first half.
Antetokounmpo erupted to another 20 point third quarter to get the Bucks back in the ball game but Booker seemed in the groove to give his team a chance to crawl back in the series, tying the match at 77 a-piece at the end of the third.
Fired up by the crowd and the will to give a team that took a chance on him, an exhausted Giannis’ work ethic didn’t drop a bit from both ends, and finally got much needed help from his teammates, with Khris Middleton dropping a clutch dagger and Bobby Portis coming in big.
Eyeing the win with 20 seconds left in the game, the Bucks players engaged an already wild crowd to start celebrating as the championship drought came to an end, a hard earned victory because they had to fight their way up from 2-0 down in the series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo received a well deserved Finals MVP, averaging 35.2 points and 13.2 per game. On the defensive end, he showed why he has a Defensive Player Of The Year to his name with big time blocks, a game 4 game winning block noted down as one of the greatest in finals history while also averaging 13.2 rebounds per game.
It was a great team performance throughout the post season from Milwaukee Bucks, with outstanding performances by KhrisMiddleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and a notable 16 pointgame by Bobby Portis in game 6 to hand Mike Budenholzer his NBA first title as a head coach.