Milwaukee Bucks Ousts Phoenix Suns, Clinches NBA Championship
Milwaukee Bucks ended its five decades of wait for NBA glory after finishing off Phoenix Suns, 105-98, in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals on Tuesday night (Wednesday in the Philippines) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered one of the finest performance in the NBA Finals with 50 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in 42 minutes of action for him to be adjudged as NBA Finals MVP.
Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis Jr. contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively, Jrue Holiday had a near triple-double showing of 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, as Brook Lopez ended with 10 for the Bucks.
The Bucks finished off the best-of-seven championship series at 4-2 after winning their last four matches on their way to their first NBA crown since 1971.
Milwaukee set the tone early with an 18-11 start behind inside hits by Antetokounmpo and Middleton. The lead grew further for the Bucks at 29-16 on 10 early points from Portis.
The Suns, however, turned things around in the second quarter kn conversions from Cameron Payne and Chris Paul to tie the count at 33-all before taking the lead at 45-40 at the half.
The Bucks leaned on a strong third quarter showing by Antetokounmpo as they regain the lead at 77-71 but the Suns responded with six straight points to force a deadlock heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter for an 82-all score before the Bucks surged to a 90-84 lead on consecutive hits by Portis and free throws by Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks went on to widen the lead at 100-92 on baskets by Antetokounmpo and Middleton. The Suns made its last push at 96-100 but a basket by Middleton and free throws by Holiday sealed the championship for Milwaukee.
Paul finished the game with 26 points, Devin Booker struggled with his shooting to end up with 19 points, while Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Suns.