After a 50-year dry spell, the Milwaukee Bucks are once again NBA champions.
The Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, Tuesday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the series, four games to two.
With a field advantage, the Bucks were led to victory thanks to the scoring and defensive dominance of their young star and two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. With 50, he scored almost half of his team’s points.
The last time the Bucks hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy – 1971 – Richard Nixon was in the White House and another young star with a bright future, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, led the team.
Milwaukee dominated the first quarter. But the Suns, led by NBA All-Star veteran Chris Paul, have made a comeback. The Suns scored 31 points against the Bucks’ 13 in the second quarter, giving Phoenix the lead before halftime.
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks came out of halftime with the intention of not letting the championship slip away. He scored 20 points in the third quarter, and the teams started the fourth quarter tied, 77-77.
A subplot to the Bucks’ championship win was the huge crowd outside the Fiserv Forum. Thousands of Bucks fans have gathered to cheer on the many exposed Bucks as health officials across the country warn of the dangers of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
“Dr. Fauci cringes at home as he watches our game,” ABC game announcer Jeff Van Gundy said at one point during the game.