Genoa – The Milwaukee Bucks have won the second NBA title in their history, 50 years after the first, winning at home against the Phoenix Suns (105-98) driven by a legendary Giannis Antetokounmpo. After losing the first two fights Milwaukee got lined up four consecutive hits closing the final at 4-2. At the time of the first NBA title, the Milwaukee franchise, founded in 1968, was dragged along by another phenomenon, a certain Lew Alcindor, who after that victory changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In this Great Lakes city of 600,000, some 65,000 Bucks fans wear ‘Bucks in Six’ T-shirts (Bucks win Game-6, a slogan that went viral to exorcise memories of painful playoff defeats), ” Fear The Deer “or with the name of the wing Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek champion, elected twice best player in the league (Mvp), in 2019 and 2020, he dominated both in defense and in attack, obtaining one of the most striking performances in the history of the NBA, with 50 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Little supported for most of the match by his lieutenants Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday (4 out of 19 on shots), the ‘Greek Freak’ has further raised the level, he who already averaged over 32 points in the final. Number 34 was logically elected best player in the series.
After the game, he thanked “those who believed in me” and his teammates. “They play hard every game. I had faith in this team. I wanted (to win a title) here with these guys.” Faced with an overflowing Giannis, Phoenix fielded the strength of despair, led by its leader Chris Paul (26 points). After starting badly, the Suns found themselves 13 points behind at the end of the first quarter (29-16), very inaccurate in long shots (3 out of 17 in the first half). With a heroic defense, which caused a great deal of turnovers, Phoenix is back to the surface, staying there for the entire game, giving herself a chance to believe it until the end, or nearly so.
Chris Paul has scored a series of mid-range baskets. Winning move because so the Suns remained in the game. Meanwhile, electricity on the pitch was rising, as evidenced by the brawl between Chris Paul and Bobby Portis at the start of the fourth half. But the giant Antetokounmpo took over the team, making it look like the Bucks were outnumbered. A final shot by Middleton, at the start of the last minute, followed by two throws, put the guests under the water (102-96).
Once again during these playoffs the Bucks, sometimes considered too tender in previous seasons, got a success on the wool thread, with authority. Phoenix comes out of the final with his head held high, although he undoubtedly lost an opportunity in Game 5 at home on Saturday. “I’ve never felt such pain in my life,” said Devin Booker. “It’s difficult,” added Chris Paul, who, at 36, may have missed his last chance to add a title to his record after 16 league seasons and many setbacks.
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