Collective madness inside and outside the Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee Bucks has been proclaimed NBA champion after beating the Suns 105-98 in the sixth game to prevail 2-4 after winning 4 consecutive games with a Giannis Antetokounmpo unstoppable.
Anteto’s historic match, which has been named MVP after an amazing display in the decisive match. The Greek has added 50 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 16 of 25 from the field goal and nothing less than an unexpected 17 of 19 from free throws.
Antetokounmpo’s 50 points equal a record achieved 63 years ago, when in 1958 Bob petit he scored 50 in the decider of the Finals. No one had done anything like it in a decisive Finals match since.
The Bucks clinch their second franchise title after a lengthy 50-year wait. The first came in 1971 from the duo Lew alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar months later)-Oscar robertson.
50 as a magic number: Giannis scoring 50 points to end a 50-year drought. Numerology making cash.
The brutal performance of Anteto has been accompanied by players such as Khris middleton (17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals), Bobby portis (16 points in 23 minutes) and Jrue Holiday (4 of 19 shooting, but 12 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and exceptional defensive work).
Chris paul he has led the Suns with 26 points and 5 assists. Together with him, Devin Booker (17 points, 5 assists and 0 of 7 from the triple), well controlled at all times, and Jae crowder (15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 steals), who lost his second consecutive Finals. It was not the day of Deandre ayton, who was gray throughout the night and was beset by foul problems.
Milwaukee becomes the fifth team to come back from 2-0 in the Finals and the third to win 2-4 after adding 4 consecutive victories (they were preceded by the Blazers against the Sixers in 1977 and the Heat against the Mavs in 2006).
In a game with many ups and downs and alternatives, the Bucks once again dominated the rebound in a forceful way and returned to defend at a very good level, which allowed them to win despite losing 18 balls. Both teams threw badly from the triple and the home defense left the Suns’ usually brilliant ball circulation without a path, which lost as many balls, 14, as assists they gave, 14.
The locals played practically with a rotation of 7 players, with Portis as the only scoring substitute, and the visitors did not go much further, with Kaminsky playing 11 minutes, and he didn’t do it wrong, and Craig being on the track only one.
The game started with a lot of nerves on the part of both teams, but Milwaukee was the first squad to settle on the court to dominate the first quarter 29-16 with the Fiserv Forum exploding inside and out. Phoenix finished that first quarter with 7 of 24 on the field goal and 5 losses.
The second room moved in the opposite direction. Cameron payne placed the Suns in the game, Chris Paul woke up and the visitors got a 5-23 run to go 34-39, gaining 7 points ahead shortly after and reaching the break with 42-47 in their favor despite the fact that Booker only had 4 points.
Tremendous setback for Milwaukee in the second quarter, which ended with a score of 13-31 after the locals placed themselves in poor numbers on offense: 4 of 20 in the field, 0 of 8 in triples and 4 losses. Antetokounmpo scored 7 points in the fourth and the rest of the team only scored 6!
It was the Greek who kept the Bucks in the worst moments of the game, when Middleton and Holiday did not contribute in attack, it was Anteto who lifted the game for Milwaukee with a colossal performance: 33 points after the break with 20 in the third bedroom!
The third act ended 77-77, with Booker regaining the pulse of the game, and the last was an exercise in maturity on the part of Milwaukee, who acquired an 8-point lead in the final stretch that he no longer let slip, with Anteto remaining as decisive player and with Middleton sticking his head out as always in moments of truth.
The finale was a huge party, with Giannis reclaiming his league superstar status, with Budenholzer bringing out all his emotions weeks after he was on the verge of losing his job, with Lasry speaking in front of Adam Silver after winning a title that has cost the franchise half a century of waiting. The outside of the pavilion was the sublimation of the ‘end’ of the pandemic. The Belle Epoque has come to Milwaukee. Turn on the tap, the party has only just begun in the state of Wisconsin.