Bucks win the NBA Finals, defeating the Suns in Game 6 105-98
Milwaukee- The Bucks have completed the journey and captured their first NBA Championship since 1971
With a championship in sight, the Bucks wanted to end the series at home and celebrate with their fans. Early on, you could tell Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday was nervous. Both players missed a couple of easy layups, which was the tail for both teams in the first quarter. Despite turning the ball over seven times in the quarter, the Bucks finished with a 29-16 lead going into the second.
The Bucks' defense allowed the Suns to go on a 8-0 run in the first three minutes of the second to cut their lead to five. Milwaukee's offense stalled in the quarter, as they could not find the basket to save their lives. With under four minutes left in the half, Khris Middleton ended up getting his third foul of the game, which was a critical factor for the Bucks. Milwaukee was outscored 31-13 and was looking at a five point deficit 47-42 at the end of the half.
Giannis was doing everything he could to keep the Bucks within striking distance in the second half. He had a couple of blocks on the defensive side in the third and was very aggressive with getting easy buckets in the paint. With under six minutes in the third, Milwaukee regained the lead. Towards the end of the quarter, the Bucks turned the ball over four times and let the Suns come back and tie the game up.
Bobby Portis was the energizer bunny in the fourth for the Bucks. He was going after loose balls, defended the Suns on the perimeter, and was making wide open shots. Portis helped the Bucks extend their lead to seven with five minutes left in regulation. Middleton hit a crucial bucket with .50 seconds left to extend the Bucks lead to a two possession game. Milwaukee went on to win the game.
Giannis finished with 50 points and 14 rebounds.