NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns in a thriller to end 50-year title drought

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in an astounding all-around performance as the Milwaukee Bucks captured their first NBA title since 1971 by defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday.

  • Updated On - 11:56 am, Wed, 21 July 21 Edited By: abhijit bhambra
NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns in a thriller to end 50-year title drought
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Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in an astounding all-around performance as the Milwaukee Bucks captured their first NBA title since 1971 by defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday. The Bucks won the best-of-seven NBA Finals by four games to two, becoming only the fifth team to claim the crown after dropping the first two games. Antetokounmpo, only the seventh player in finals history with a 50-point game, added 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks went an NBA-best 10-1 at home in the playoffs to end their 50-year title drought.

With this victory, the Bucks have become the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.

Exactly 50 years ago, the magnificent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship. Now the Bucks, are once again led to glory by a young superstar. Nicknamed the Greek Freak, the 26-year-old Greek-Nigerian shooter Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points to end Buck’s 50-year title drought.

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo smiles while holding the
NBA Championship trophy, left, and Most Valuable Player trophy after defeating the
Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
The Bucks won 105-98.(Photo credit: PTI)

Antetokounmpo’s stature as a great player has risen at a rapid pace. He won back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in 2019 and 2020, joining icons like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to win two MVPs before turning 26. He was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, becoming only the third player after Michael Jordan (1988) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994) to win both the awards in the same season.

Watch some of the best action from the match here

 

After guiding his team to the NBA title, Antetokounmpo has delivered on a promise he made in 2014.

Giannis was clearly overwhelmed after the historic victory

 

NBA legend LeBron James congratulated Giannis after the title win