NBA Finals Game 6 Recap – The Milwaukee Bucks finished off the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with the final score of 105-98 right in front of their home fans, winning their first championship in 50 years while having their “Bucks in 6” manifestation come to life.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks en route to his first championship and Finals MVP. Antetokounmpo also went 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, something not many people probably would’ve predicted before the start of this game.
“People told me I can’t make free throws and I made them tonight. And I’m a freaking champion,” Antetokounmpo said.
“The Greek Freak’s” resume looks that much more impressive now when you see that he’s also won two regular-season MVPs and a Defensive Player of the Year Award at just 26 years old.
“It’s hard to find more words to describe what Giannis does,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s off the charts.”
The Bucks got off to a red hot start in this one, outscoring the Suns 29-16 in the first quarter while thriving off the energy of their home crowd.
However, Phoenix countered by outscoring Milwaukee 31-13 in the second, seemingly gaining momentum at the right time and putting themselves in prime position to go back to the desert for a Game 7.
That would not happen on Antetokounmpo’s watch, however, as he put up 33 second half points while doing a healthy amount of damage within several feet of the rim as well as overcoming his well known troubles at the stripe.
At the conclusion of the game, Antetokounmpo showed extreme humility by breaking down into tears, taking a seat and observing everything going on in Fiserv.forum.
“This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us,” Antetokounmpo said. “Even when we lost the series, they were on our side. Obviously, I wanted to get the job done.”
When he was drafted as an 18-year-old kid out of Greece back in 2013, he talked about wanting to have his jersey up in the rafters one day with other great players in the organization’s history, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Eight years later, Antetokounmpo probably doesn’t have to do anything more to have that dream that may have once seemed far-fetched turn into reality.
Before his success in the NBA, Antetokounmpo faced many challenges back home in Greece, as he spoke at length on how he hopes his journey can serve as motivation for other kids around the world.
“This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world to believe in their dreams,” Antetokounmpo said after the game. “I hope I give people around the world from Africa, from Europe, give them hope that it can be done. Eight and a half years ago, before I came into the league, I didn’t know where my next meal would come from. My mom was selling stuff in the street.”
Antetokounmpo has easily established himself as the most likable superstar in the NBA today. The beauty of all of this is that Antetokounmpo is still so young, so he has plenty of time to cement his status as one of the greatest players of all-time.