Giannis Antetokounmpo played one of the greatest Finals games in NBA history, scored 50 points and aided the Milwaukee Bucks to clinch 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 contests.
In a historic performance worthy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who last led the Bucks to a title in 1971, Antetokounmpo scored 33 of his 50 points after halftime of Game 6 to beat the Phoenix Suns, 105-98.
Antetokounmpo scored 41 points in Game 3, secured Game 4 with an iconic game-saving block, clinched Game 5 with a legendary alley-oop dunk and dropped a 50 spot in Game 6.
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo had been questionable for the opener with a hyperextended knee. But the 26-year-old Greek forward matched Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only player to take NBA Finals MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.
His 50 points are the most in a championship closeout game since the NBA/ABA merger, besting the 45 that Michael Jordan put up when the Chicago Bulls closed out the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals.
Antetokounmpo said: “I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates for playing hard with me.
“I’m thankful I was able to get it done.
“I’m happy I was able to do it with this team for Milwaukee.
“And Coach Bud says we have to do it again.”