Khris Middleton has 17 points and Bobby Portis has 16. Chris Paul of Phoenix leads the Suns with 26 points.
Antetokounmpo – who was born in Athens, Greece – 16 years old came in from 25th place and hit all but two of his 19 free throws. He also made five saves in a performance that was hailed by commentators and fellow players as one for the ages.
“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me, my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said after accepting the MVP award of the Finals. “They gave their all in every scary game. I trust this team. I want to do it in this city, I want to do it with these guys, so I’m happy. I’m happy because We were able to finish it.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised the Suns, saying they have great players, a great coach and a great organization. Then he praised his team.
“These players, they’re champions every day,” he told NBA Finals ABC broadcaster. “Every day they came into the building, they were champions. They accepted to be better every day, they accepted to compete, they accepted to play together. And that made them home. champions tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Paul, an 11-time All-Star making his first appearance in an NBA final, said he hasn’t seen the stats yet but feels like his team is generating too much revenue. “They took the shots in time, we didn’t,” he said. “We didn’t stop when we needed to and they just beat us.”
Paul, 36, said he is not thinking about retirement.
It was a painful loss for Suns coach Monty Williams.
“I think it’s going to take a minute for me. I don’t take it for granted. It’s been hard to get here and I want it badly, you know. It’s hard to handle right now. It’s hard. Just Just that.”
The Bucks lead with 13 points after the first quarter, 29-16. Antetokounmpo had 10 points and six rebounds during this period. The Suns rose to 7th place with 24 (29%) during the quarter. That’s Phoenix’s lowest total score in the first quarter in the 2021 knockouts.
But Paul led the Suns rally, scoring 10 points as Phoenix quickly covered the deficit and led 47-42 after halftime.
Scores tied at 77 after three quarters as Antetokounmpo scored 20 in that time. He added 13 goals in the 4th half as the Bucks withdrew, including a stretch where he scored six straight points for his team.
In 1971, the Bucks won the title in their third season following appearances by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (later Lew Alcindor) and Oscar Robertson. They beat the Baltimore Bullets in the last four games without losing a single game, winning the last one on the road.
It was the Bucks’ first appearance in the Finals since 1974 and the Suns’ third appearance in the Finals, most recently in 1993. The franchise has never won a championship. NBA.
Three players from the NBA Finals will travel to Tokyo to compete for Team America at the Olympics: Middleton, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and Suns guard Devin Booker. After the game, Booker said he would be on the plane in a few hours.
He said the dressing room after the game was “Silence. Just a lot of emotions. It’s been a long season, we’ve been through a lot.”
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.
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