Milwaukee Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, beat Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night in the NBA finals, to claim their first Championship in 50-years. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, in Game 6 of the series.
The Bucks’ 4-2 series win was sealed in front of a 17,000 crowd as 65,000 celebrated outside the Fiserv Forum.
They are only the fifth team to win the best-of-seven finals series after losing their first two matches.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s NBAPlayoffs career-high 50 PTS (17-19 FT) and 5 BLK, along with 14 REB, Khris Middleton added 17 PTS, 5 REB and 5 AST for the Bucks in the victory, while Chris Paul tallied 26 PTS and 5 AST for the Suns.
With the victory, the Bucks have secured the franchise’s second NBA title and their first since 1971.
Giannis Antetokounmpo who dropped 50 points on the night, while reacting to the win said:
“I’m happy I was able to do it with this team for Milwaukee,” he said.
The Suns were seeking a first NBA crown in their 53-year history, having also lost NBA Finals series in 1976 and 1993.
However, they were unable to contain Antetokounmpo, who became only the seventh player to register 50 points in a Finals game.
It was also the third game in the series in which the 26-year-old has managed at least 40 points and 10 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo matches the feat of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon by collecting a regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and NBA defensive player of the year awards.
“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my team-mates for playing hard with me,” Antetokounmpo said.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer described the Greek forward as “a special human being”.
“I’ve learned so much from him. He’s a special leader,” he said.
“These players are champions every day. They’ve embraced getting better every day.”
Budenholzer was only four years old when NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to their only previous NBA tile in 1971, when some of the current players’ parents had not been born.
Unlike the 2020 NBA Finals which were played without fans, the Bucks’ win kicked off a wild party inside the arena and on the streets of Milwaukee.
More than 10% of the city’s population, crowded together in the Deer District outside Fiserv Forum, with some fans waiting in line for five hours before the game to ensure they would have seats.
Isaiah Tyler, a 43-year-old painter who was born and raised in the city, said: “This is history. I grew up here and have gone to a lot of lousy games – so this is the pay-off.”
“Milwaukee is a very segregated city, so to see us all together, all races, for one cause, this is how the world should be.”
Tom Cogdall, a 63-year-old retired Army officer who lives in Milwaukee, added: “I remember 1971. This was 50 years, we needed it.”