July 7,2021 at 9:00 PM
7/20/2021 9:00 PM
Bucks Close Series Out, Win NBA Title
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 104-98, at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Bucks have won the NBA title as a result. The game was a true back-and-forth contest and the numbers backed that up. Milwaukee quickly jumped out to a 29-16 lead in the first quarter and had all the momentum early on, but the Suns responded with a strong second quarter where they limited Milwaukee to just 13 second-quarter points while scoring 31 of their own. The second half saw both teams playing with a higher tempo and the score backed that up, as the third quarter ended 35-30 for the Bucks and a 77-77 tie on the score with only 12 minutes left. The Bucks executed better in the final minutes of the game and the stellar play of Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as the clutch shooting of Khris Middleton, lifted the Bucks to a massive win and the franchise's first title in 50 years. They are just the fourth team in NBA history to win the Finals after losing the first two games of the series. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered one of the best performances in recent memory during the Finals, as he ended with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Khris Middleton chipped in with 17 points, five boards and five assists, while Jrue Holiday sniffed a triple-double thanks to his 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine dimes. Brook Lopez had 10 points, and Bobby Portis delivered 16 points off the bench. Chris Paul had 26 points and five assists, but his efforts were not enough to carry the Suns to victory. Deandre Ayton posted 12 points, while Devin Booker contributed 19 points but shooting just 8-for-22 from the field. Jae Crowder had a double-double of 15 points and 13 boards. Cameron Payne ended with 10 points coming off the bench.