Giannis scores 50 as Bucks end half century of pain

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 22 Jul 2021

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a historic 50-point performance in Milwaukee's 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns, leading the Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971.

Antetokounmpo, only the seventh player in finals history with a 50-point game, also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks took the best-of-seven series 4-2 at home. "I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me. I want to thank my teammates for playing hard with me," Antetokounmpo said. "I'm thankful I was able to get it done."

The 26-year-old Greek forward matched the greatest scoring night in a close-out game in finals history, the 50-point effort by Bob Pettit in 1958 for the St Louis Hawks over Boston.

He was also named Finals MVP.

"He's a special human being," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. "I've learned so much from him. He's a special leader."

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