Milwaukee Bucks ended their title drought as they won their first NBA title in 50 years — beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 with a dominating performance from their biggest star. In a historic performance worthy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who last led the Bucks to a title in 1971, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 of his 50 points after halftime of Game 6 to beat the Suns.
“This should make every person, every kid, everybody around the world believe in their dreams,” said Antetokounmpo, a Greek national born to Nigerian parents. “No matter whatever you feel, when you feel down, when things look like it might not happen for you, you might not make it — your career might be basketball, it might be anything — just believe in what you’re doing.
Antetokounmpo, who just recovered from a knee injury last month, capped off his all-time Game 6 performance, being named Bill Russell Finals MVP. It was the third game this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo. In his first Finals appearance, Antetokounmpo has shown dominance, averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and five assists per game.
At 26 years old, he became the youngest player to win FInals MVP since Kawhi Leonard did so at age 22 in 2014. The Bucks became 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. This win sparks celebration in Deer District in downtown Milwaukee where thousands of ticketless fans gathered to celebrate the win.
This win also averaged 12.5 million viewers and peaked at 16.5 million viewers, the NBA’s most-watched game since 2019. The entire Finals averaged 9.9 million viewers, up 32 percent from last year’s championship series. Game 6 set 25-year ratings records in the Milwaukee (41.5 rating) and Phoenix (25.9 rating) markets.
Meanwhile, Chris Paul led the Suns with 26 points, while Devin Booker scored 19 points. “For me, it just means back to work,” said Paul, who at 36 years old made his first Finals appearance in Year 16 of a future Hall of Fame career “Back to work. Nothing more, nothing less. Ain’t no moral victories or whatnot. We sort of saw what it takes to get there, and hopefully we see what it takes to get past that.”
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