Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee Bucks to NBA title

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They can’t deny Giannis Antetokounmpo anymore.

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The Greek Freak is an NBA champion, an NBA Finals MVP and the main reason the city of Milwaukee is celebrating its first NBA title in 50 years.

Antetokounmpo began this series a question mark to even play having sustained a hyperextended knee two games earlier in the Eastern Conference Finals.

He played in that Game 1, albeit clearly not at full strength. But from that point on Antetokounmpo has been otherworldly.

He was so good any questions about his health ended around Game 3.

He capped the Series off with his best performance of the bunch in Tuesday night’s 105-98 series-clinching win. Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the game.

It was his third 40-plus point night in a series where he may have been as exceptional defensively as he was offensively.

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Few will ever forget his recovery to block what looked like a sure slam sunk from DeAndre Ayton to win Game 4 and get the Bucks back on even terms with Phoenix.

He became just the seventh playerin NBA Finals history to score 50 in a Finals game.

The Bucks looked like they were going to run away with this game from the outset.

They came out of the gate a little nervous, but no more than the Suns were with both teams committing uncharacteristic turnovers.

But by the end of the quarter the Bucks were up 13 and the city of Milwaukee was buzzing. In addition to the full house inside Fiserv Forum, there were a reported 65,000 other fans surrounding the building outside.

But that group was going to have to hold off on the celebrations just a little longer as Chris Paul and the Suns weren’t going to let it happen that easy.

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Paul almost by himself forced a Game 7.

He would finish with a Suns-best 26 points including a huge second quarter in which the Suns turned a 13-point deficit into a five-point lead at the half.

The second half though was the Antetokounmpo show as the 26-year-old two-time MVP just took over the game scoring 20 points in the quarter.

Again the Suns wouldn’t let then Bucks get away keeping it close until the home side finally started to open up some space between themselves and those stubborn Suns.

Down the stretch it was a lot of Antetokounmpo again and just enough Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday and a dose of Bobby Portis to get it done.

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