Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 50 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ championship-clinching 105-98 victory against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday (PH time), which ended the franchise’s 50-year title drought.
Antetokounmpo, who also had 14 rebounds, five blocks and a stellar 17-19 free-throw shooting, was named Finals Most Valuable Player.
According to the NBA, the “Greek Freak” was the first player to reach 40 points, 10 boards and 5 blocks in a Finals game since the league started recording blocks in 1974.
“They played hard every freaking game. I trusted this team. I wanted to do it here in this city, I wanted to do it with these guys, so I’m happy. I’m happy that we were able to get it done,” Antetokounmpo said as he received the Bill Russell trophy.
Former all-star Khris Middleton scored 17 points and Bobby Portis chipped in 16 markers.
Chris Paul led the Suns with 26 points. Devin Booker had 19.
The Bucks defeated the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks to punch an NBA Finals ticket. Phoenix, meanwhile, eliminated the 2020 champions Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Next up for the league is the NBA Draft on July 29. The next season will begin in October. John Ezekiel J. Hirro