Behind a 50-point performance by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night to capture their first championship in half a century.
Antetokounmpo becomes the seventh player in league history to score 50 or more points in a Finals game. He also had 14 rebounds and five blocks in the victory.
The Bucks, who went down 2-0 in the series before winning four straight, joined the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2006 Miami Heat, the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers, and the 1969 Boston Celtics as the only teams to win a championship after overcoming a 2-0 series deficit.
Milwaukee last won an NBA championship in 1971 with Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the known as Lew Alcindor, and Oscar Robertson on board.
In a season played played largely without fans, the Bucks had 65,000 of them packed into the Deer District outside, a wild party that figured to last deep into the Midwestern night. The party wasn’t bad inside, either: Confetti rained down inside as fans chanted “Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!” — a hopeful boast by former player that turned out to be a prophetic rallying cry.Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot just 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3-pointers after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.