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Giannis’ 50-point Game 6 helps Bucks beat Suns for first NBA title since 1971

Giannis’ 50-point Game 6 helps Bucks beat Suns for first NBA title since 1971

  • Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul tries to pass around Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) battles for the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) battles against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) slam dunks during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams watches from the bench during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer watches form the bench during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Referee Scott Foster talks with Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) before the start of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, facing, pressures Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves towards the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the basket over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, bottom right, during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) battle for the ball during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) battles under the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is double teamed by Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) and guard Chris Paul during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) works the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes (7) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis battle for a loose ball during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) looks to pass under pressure from Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, and forward Jae Crowder during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns passes against Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) as he is fouled during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

  • Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks is pressured by Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks is pressured by Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns goes up for a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns looks to pass against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns is pressured by Brook Lopez #11 and P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points – and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.

Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, on Tuesday night to win the series, 4-2.

It was the third game of this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo, a dominant, debut Finals performance that takes its place among some of the game’s greatest.

He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17 of 19 free-throw attempts – a spectacular performance for any shooter, let alone one who was hitting just 55.6% in the postseason and was ridiculed for it at times.

He hopped around the court waving his arms with 20 seconds remaining to encourage fans to cheer, but it was way too late for that.

Their voices had been booming inside and outside for hours by then, having waited 50 years to celebrate a winner after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to the championship in 1971.

More to come on this story.


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