Giannis Antetokounmpo finished one of the greatest finals in the NBA with 50 points – and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.
Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win the Series 4-2.
It was the third game in this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo, a dominant performance in the first final that takes his place among the greats in the game.
He shot 16 for 25 from the field and had an incredible 17 of 19 free throws – a spectacular performance for any shooter, not to mention one who only hit 55.6% in the playoffs and was sometimes ridiculed. for that.
He circled the pitch waving his arms with 20 seconds left to encourage fans to cheer, but it was far too late for that.
Their voices echoed inside and out for hours, after waiting 50 years to celebrate a winner after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to the championship in 1971.
In a season played largely without fans, the Bucks had 65,000 crammed into the Deer District outdoors, a wild party that was to last into Midwestern night.
Confetti rained inside as fans chanted “Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!” – what started out as a hopeful boast by a former player turned out to be a prophetic rallying cry.
The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after falling 2-0 and the first to do so by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but only shot 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3 points after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.
The teams that entered the NBA together as expansion clubs in 1968 delivered a fine final, with the last three games all in balance until the fourth quarter.
The Bucks won them in large part thanks to Antetokounmpo, a two-time regular-season MVP who raised his level of play even higher in the Finals and was voted MVP of the NBA Finals.