It has been proclaimed by many for a long time now that Giannis Antetokounmpo was the best player in the NBA. While the debates will no doubt go on, he took a big step toward confirming that on Tuesday night as he led his Milwaukee Bucks past the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The 105-98 win wasn’t just orchestrated by “the Greek Freak,” rather it was dominated by him. He scored 50 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds. He also made five blocks as well, showing just how good he is on the defensive end something that is all too often overlooked about him. He even made a ton of free throws in the showing- knocking down 17 of 19 after being heavily criticized.
It all helped the Bucks win their first title since 1971. And he helped them do it in some style, too. Having come from 2-0 down to start the series, he willed them to win four in a row and to clinch it on home court. It just doesn’t get a whole lot better than that, especially seeing as how many had them going down given the way the series began. Jrue Holiday chipped in with a near triple-double, scoring 12 points, dishing out 11 assists, and pulling down nine rebounds while Khris Middleton had a slightly underwhelming game with 17 points. The Suns’ offensive was led on the evening by Chris Paul’s 26. Devin Booker was kept relatively quiet as he only was allowed to make 8-22 shots from the floor and record 19 points. It just wasn’t enough from the Suns, who seemed to run out of gas in the end. Milwaukee will celebrate, no doubt, while the Suns will go back to the drawing board and see how to reconfigure a fairly young squad to be contenders once again.