The team of Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 50 points in a performance for history, beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98
With 50 points and 13 rebounds from Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 this Tuesday and were crowned in the NBA, their first title since 1971. Milwaukee captured the NBA Finals in the best of seven games 4-2, becoming the fifth team to claim the crown after losing the first two games. The Bucks won their only previous title in 1971 and posted the best road record this year in the playoffs at 10-1 to end their 50-year title drought. For their part, the Suns, who were seeking the first crown in their 53-year history, could not force a seventh meeting, which would have been Thursday at their own headquarters.
I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates for playing hard with me, ”said Antetokounmpo. “I’m grateful that I was able to do it.”
The Milwaukee Bucks won the first quarter comfortably 29-16 but the Suns had an excellent reaction in the second, taking it 31-13 and going into the middle halftime up 47-42.
Antetokounmpo, who was voted MVP of the final, scored 10 points in the first quarter, while the Suns had their fewest points in that first period of the playoffs.
The Phoenix starters fired a combined 5 of 20 shots from the field and committed five turnovers to baskets and were also outrebounded 19-8 in that stretch.
The 26-year-old Greek forward equaled Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the NBA Finals MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.
He is a special human being. I learned a lot from him. He’s a special leader, ”said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. These players are champions every day. They have agreed to improve every day.
Antetokounmpo later scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter on a 16-8 streak by the Bucks that gave Milwaukee a 58-55 lead just 4:34 in the second half. He was the first with a 20-point quarter in the final since Michael Jordan did so. Then, midway through the fourth, Antetokounmpo scored eight for the Bucks on a 10-6 offense by Milwaukee to take a 94-88 lead.
Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Cuban-American Brook López escorted Antetokounmpo with 17 points, 12 points and 11 rebounds and 10 cards with eight sacks, respectively.
For the Suns, point guard Chris Paul stood out with 26 points and five assists, Devin Booker with 16 points and Jae Crowder with 15 points and 13 balls recovered in the rebounding fight.
The game was also followed in an expanded party area of the “Deer District” outside the 20,000-seat sold-out stadium, which welcomed 65,000 people who watched it on giant video screens.