Giannis Antetokounmpo shouldered a huge burden to carry the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-98 Game 6 win against the Phoenix Suns to win the 2021 NBA championship.
The Milwaukee Bucks won four straight games after losing the first two in the 2021 NBA Finals to claim the title. Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, including 17-of-19 from the free-throw line. For a player who was making just 55.6 percent of his free throws in the 2021 playoffs before Game 6, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a near-immaculate shot at the line.
“They said I couldn’t make free throws,” Antetokounmpo said in the postgame interview with reporters. “I made my free throws when it mattered.”
Not only did he make his free throws, Antetokounmpo also made most of his field goal attempts, making 16-of-25 from the field and also made 1-of-3 from three-point range as well. He was a presence on both ends of the court with five blocks on the defensive end. With Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton struggling from the field, it was up to the two-time MVP to put the Milwaukee Bucks on his back.
He also grabbed 14 rebounds and two assists. For his efforts, Giannis Antetokounmpo was awarded the 2021 NBA Finals MVP.
During the postgame presser, Giannis Antetokounmpo took a shot at super teams a bit by talking about how he earned his championship differently than how other players did it.
“I could’ve gone to a super team … but this is the hard way to do it, and I did it,” Antetokounmpo said.
After winning title with Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo honored his parents
Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure to inspire others and reflected on what made him an NBA champion. He talked about his parents and what his mother had to do to provide for their family.
“This should make everybody believe in their dreams,” Antetokounmpo told reporters.
“I hope I can give people around the world … hope it can be done,” Antetokounmpo said. “My mom was selling stuff in the street, and now I’m sitting here at the top of the top. … if I never sit at this table again, I’ll be fine with it.”
The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions with Giannis Antetokounmpo having one of the all-time great NBA Finals performances. In the series, he scored 40 or more points three times in six games.
Thanks to Antetokounmpo’s dominance, the Milwaukee Bucks head into the offseason with the title in hand and a championship ring awaiting them to begin next season.
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