After 50 years of pain and suffering, the Milwaukee Bucks are finally NBA Champions once again. The Bucks are the first team to come back down 0-2 in the NBA Finals since the 2006 Miami Heat. Just all-around greatness from this Bucks side allowed them to mount a comeback for their 3rd straight series.
1st Quarter (29-16)
The game started off with a slow start as Giannis Antetokounmpo was able to get the first points on the board thanks to a great Khris Middleton assist. It was a fairly low-scoring first quarter compared to game 5. But once there were a few minutes left in the quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks went on a crazy run to end the quarter.
2nd Quarter (42-47)
A similar storyline to game 5, where the Phoenix Suns jumped out to an early lead, and the Bucks had a great 2nd quarter to tie the game and eventually take the lead before halftime. The exact OPPOSITE happened in Game 6. The Suns started going on an offensive tear to start the 2nd quarter thanks to Cameron Payne and Devin Booker.
3rd Quarter (77-77)
The 5 point lead for the Suns was quickly erased as Giannis took over again in the 3rd quarter. He scored 20 of his 50 points in the 3rd quarter alone and looked absolutely unstoppable. It was still a close game despite the dominance from Antetokounmpo. Booker kept them in the game and prevented the Bucks from running away with it. The quarter ended with a 77 all deadlock, and it looked like both teams could win at this point.
4th Quarter (105-98)
It was much the same for the Bucks in the 4th quarter. Just get Giannis the ball and let him go to work, which he did exceptionally well. He was able to get DeAndre Ayton down to his last foul and increased his aggressiveness when attacking the rim. But his offensive prowess in this game should not overlook the crucial defense he played, especially in the 4th quarter. He was able to finish the game with 5 blocks and really shut down the offense late in the 4th.
Chris Paul was able to score a majority of his points in the 4th and keep the Suns in the game, but once it got down to crunch time, him and Booker were not able to make their shots. The X-Factor for the Bucks in the 4th quarter was Khris Middleton, who has embraced his role as the closer and took on the form of prime Michael Jordan again, sinking dagger after dagger.
First and foremost, the Finals MVP himself, Giannis Antetokoumpo, broke the record books with his incredible game 6 performance. He became the first player in NBA Finals history to score 50+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ blocks. He also joins LeBron James as the only two players to average 35+ points per game, 10+ rebounds per game, and 5+ assists per game in an NBA Finals series. Finally, he became the 3rd player in NBA History, behind Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon, to win Defensive Player of the Year, Regular Season MVP, and Finals MVP in their careers.
Khris Middleton, despite his inconsistency in these playoffs, was also great in the NBA Finals. He averaged 24 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game throughout the Finals. But the thing that was most impressive from Middleton was his CLUTCH performances in the 4th quarter, making him nearly impossible to stop. Although he is not the Batman, his performance in these Finals makes him an incredibly dangerous Robin that will cause defenses to make adjustments.
Overall, these were one of the best Finals we have seen in a long time, and despite the fact that the Suns had a 2-0 lead and blew it, they still played competitive basketball till the very end and should be extremely proud of the progress they have made as a franchise.
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