Giannis Antetokounmpo has produced yet another legendary performance on Wednesday (AEST) to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years.
The Greek Freak had a monster game, with 50 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in game six of the NBA Finals 105-98.
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Looking to seal the series in front of a home crowd, Antetokounmpo set the Fiserv Forum alight as he put his team on his back to lead the Bucks to a stunning victory.
“This crowd has erupted. Giannis Antetokounmpo with one of the most iconic performances in the storied history of the NBA Finals,” commentator Mike Breen said.
Giannis finished an elimination Finals game with:
– more points than Booker/CP3
– more blocks than the Suns
– more FTs made than the Suns
– more rebounds than Ayton/Bridges
Greek Freak is HOOPING!!!!!!!
Giannis Antetokounmpo now has three 40+ point games in this series.
It ties Rick Barry for the 6th-most Finals games with at least 40 points.
Only Elgin Baylor (4), Shaq (5), MJ (6), LeBron (8), and Jerry West (10) have more.
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Antetokounmpo became just the seventh player to have 50 points in an NBA finals game.
He also joined Rick Barry as just the second player to have three 40-point games in an NBA Finals series.
The two-time MVP was unsurprisingly awarded the Bill Russell trophy for the most valuable players in the NBA finals.
“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me,” Antetokounmpo said after the victory.
“I thank my teammates, they played hard every freaking game.
“I trusted this team. I wanted to do it here in this city, I wanted to do it with these guys so I’m happy. I’m happy I am able to get it done”
The result capped off an unbelievable turnaround from the Bucks who fought back from 2-0 down to win four consecutive games.
Fan favourite Bobby Portis was superb off the bench with 16 points, while Khris Middleton hit a couple of clutch jump shots in the last quarter to keep the Suns at bay.
It was heartbreak for Phoenix, who had started the series off so well.
Veteran point guard Chris Paul had 26 points for the Suns but it wasn’t enough, as the 36-year-old’s likely last chance for an NBA championship went begging.
More to come.
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