Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, put in an extraordinary performance against the Phoenix Suns as the Greek Freak led his team to their first championship title since 1971.
Phoenix Suns lost three back-to-back games to allow Milwaukee to make an impressive comback, despite winning the opening two matches of the series.
This game became a must-win for the Suns if they were to force a game seven – despite playing away at the Bucks’ home arena, Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks won the tip off as Game Six got underway. However, it was handed straight to Suns’ Devin Booker who was lying in wait. Despite this, Antetokounmpo made a great block to stop Phoenix from getting the first set of points in the game and on the fast break, the Greek Freak was able to break through the Suns’ defence to give Milwaukee a two-point lead.
The Suns’ shooting guard, Booker, responded to Antetokounmpo’s opening bucket as he secured his own two-point shot to equalise the game.
Despite getting points on the board, the two sides struggled to establish a rythmn in the opening minutes of the first quarter.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bucks were able to dust themselves off and showcase their offensive prowess with a series of successful field goals. By the end of Q1 the Bucks had a 13 point lead going into Q2 (29-16).
After the break, the Bucks struggled to maintain their momentum and, with a series of missed field goals, the Suns was able to cut the 13-point deficit down to five points.
Over the course of Q2, Phoenix seemed to fix their defensive issues that plauged their first quarter and with five minutes left on the clock, they gained their first lead of the game. The Suns had outscored the Bucks 31 to 13 as the game went to half time.
In Q3, both sides looked to perform at an even standard and the lead shifted back to Milwaukee after Antetokounmpo scored two free throws. With three and a half minutes left on the clock of the third quarter, the Greek Freak had secured 33 points to his name – showcasing why he has that nickname.
Bucks’ Centre, Bobby Portis, gave Booker two free throws after some hard defending, with 5.3 seconds left on the clock. As a result, the game was tied up 77-77 going into Q4.
Tensions ran high as the game embarked on its fourth quarter as Suns’ Chris Paul had a slight coming together with Portis.
Despite being sidelined, Antetokounmpo came on after the opening minutes of Q4 and ensured that his presence was known offensively and defensively. With seven and a half minutes to go, the Greek Freak had only missed one free throw out of 17.
No one could stop the freakish behaviour from the Greek national. Antetokounmpo made a single-handed, two-point shot from outside the paint to give the Bucks 100 points. By the end of the game, the Bucks’ main man had scored 50 points.
This feat has only been managed by six other NBA greats such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry and Jerry West. However, the Greek Freak is the only player in NBA history to score 50 points, five blocks and 10 rebounds in a finals game.
Final score: Milwaukee Bucks 105 – Phoenix Suns 98
Milwaukee win the 2021 NBA Championship!