Exactly three weeks after suffering a knee injury that appeared to put his future in doubt, Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in half a century.
The Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, giving Milwaukee its first championship since 1971 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson propelled the Bucks over the Baltimore Bullets.
And, as it should be, Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP, carried the Bucks in a career-defining effort.
Named Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, collected 14 rebounds and had five blocks, and just as important as his 16-for-25 shooting from the field was, the notoriously below-average free throw shooter, made 17-for-19 foul shots.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Milwaukee beat the Suns 106-96 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The win clinched Milwaukee’s first NBA championship since 1971.
Giannis is the first player with 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks in ANY playoff game since Shaq in 2001.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I hope I can give people around the world … hope it can be done. My mom was selling stuff in the street, and now I’m sitting here at the top of the top. … if I never sit at this table again, I’ll be fine with it.”
Giannis: “This can make everybody believe in their dreams. It might be basketball, it might be anything.”