After 50 years, Milwaukee Bucks crowned NBA champion.
The team captured the Best of Seven Finals 4-2, becoming the fifth group to claim the crown after losing the first two games. Giannis Antetokounmpo was voted MVP.
With 50 points and 13 rebounds from Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 this Tuesday and were crowned in the NBA, their first title since 1971.
Milwaukee beat the NBA Finals 4-2 in seven games, becoming the fifth team to claim the crown after losing the first two games.
The Bucks won their only previous title in 1971 and posted the best road record this year in the playoffs at 10-1 to end their 50-year title drought.
On his part, Sun, who was seeking the first crown in his 53-year history, could not force the seventh meeting, which would take place at his headquarters on Thursday.
"I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates for playing me hard. said Antetokounmpo. "I am grateful to have been able to do it."
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The Milwaukee Bucks won the first quarter comfortably 29-16, but the Suns had an excellent reaction in the second, taking it 31-13 and going to the middle halftime up 47-42.
Antetokounmpo, who was voted MVP of the final, scored 10 points in the first quarter, while the Suns had their fewest points in that first period of the playoffs.
The Phoenix openers fired 5 of 20 shots from the field and forced five baskets to move baskets, going 19-8.
The same season, the 26-year-old Greek forward equaled Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only player to win the NBA Finals MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards.
He is a unique human being. I learned a lot from him. He's an exceptional leader," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. "These players are champions every day. They have agreed to improve every day".
Antetokounmpo later scored 12 of their 20 points on a 16-8 lead through the box in the third quarter, giving Milwaukee a 4:34 lead in the second half.
Michael Jordan was the first to do so with a 20-point quarter in the final.
Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Antetokounmpo scored eight for the Bucks on a 10-6 offense by Milwaukee to take a 94-88 lead.
Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Cuban-American Brook López escorted Antetokounmpo with 17 points, 12 points, 11 rebounds, and ten cards with eight sacks.
For the Sons, point guard Chris Paul stood out with 26 points, five assists, Devin Booker with 16 points, and Jay Crowder with 15 points and 13 balls.
The game was followed by an extended "Deer District" party zone outside the stadium, which sold 20,000 seats, welcoming 65,000 people who watched it on stunning video screens.