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NBA Finals: The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time since 1971

Led by MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who additionally had 14 rebounds and 5 blocked photographs, the Bucks pulled away from the Suns to win 105-98 in a raucous Fiserv Forum.

Khris Middleton chipped in 17 factors and Bobby Portis had 16. Phoenix’s Chris Paul led the Suns with 26 factors.

Antetokounmpo — who was born in Athens, Greece — was 16 for 25 from the area and hit all however two of his 19 free throws. He additionally had 5 blocks in a efficiency hailed by commentators and fellow gamers as one for the ages.

Antetokounmpo was the first participant to have a minimum of 40 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in a Finals’ sport since blocks have been first recorded in 1974, the NBA tweeted. He turned the seventh participant to have a minimum of 50 factors in the championship spherical.
Thousands of fans watched Game 6 just outside the arena.

“I need to thank Milwaukee for believing in me, thank my teammates,” stated Antetokounmpo after accepting the Finals MVP award. “They performed laborious each freaking sport. I trusted this workforce. I wished to do it right here on this metropolis, I wished to do it with these guys, so I’m completely happy. I’m completely happy that we have been capable of get it achieved.”

Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer praised the Suns, saying they’d nice gamers, a terrific coach and a terrific group. Then he hailed his workforce.

“These gamers, they’re champions on daily basis,” he informed NBA Finals broadcaster ABC. “Every day they arrive to the constructing they are champions. They’ve embraced getting higher on daily basis, they’ve embraced competing, they’ve embraced taking part in collectively. And it is made them champions tonight. I could not be extra happy with them.”

Paul, an 11-time All-Star who made his first look in an NBA Finals, stated he hadn’t seen a stat sheet nevertheless it felt like his workforce made too many turnovers. “They made well timed photographs, we did not,” he stated. “We did not get stops after we wanted to and so they simply beat us.”

Paul, 36, stated he isn’t fascinated by retiring.

The boisterous crowd at Fiserv Forum.

It was a gut-wrenching loss for Suns coach Monty Williams.

“I feel it’ll take me a minute. I simply do not take it for granted. It’s laborious to get right here and I wished it so dangerous, you realize. It’s laborious to course of proper now. It’s laborious. That’s all.”

The Bucks led by 13 factors after the first quarter, 29-16. Antetokounmpo had 10 factors and 6 rebounds in the interval. The Suns shot 7 for 24 (29%) in the quarter. It was Phoenix’s lowest level whole for the first quarter in the 2021 playoffs.

But Paul led a Suns’ rally, scoring 10 factors as Phoenix rapidly made up the deficit and took a 47-42 lead into halftime.

Fireworks explode over Fiserv Forum after title win.

The rating was tied at 77 after three quarters as Antetokounmpo poured in 20 factors in the interval. He had 13 extra in the fourth quarter as the Bucks pulled away, together with a stretch the place he scored six consecutive factors for his workforce.

In 1971, the Bucks received the title of their third season behind the standout play of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and Oscar Robertson. They beat the Baltimore Bullets in the closing 4 video games to none, profitable the closing sport on the street.

This was the Bucks’ first look in the Finals since 1974 and it was the Suns’ third look in the Finals, the most up-to-date coming in 1993. The franchise has by no means received an NBA championship.

Three gamers from the NBA Finals will head to Tokyo to go well with up for Team USA in the Olympics: Middleton, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and Suns guard Devin Booker. After the sport, Booker stated he’d be boarding a airplane in a couple of hours.

He stated the post-game locker room was “Silent. Just a variety of emotion. It’s an extended season, we went via quite a bit.”

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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