Giannis Antetokounmpo had a masterful performance in Game 6 to give the Milwaukee Bucks their second championship in franchise history with a 105-98 win against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
After the smoke cleared in the NBA Finals, Antetokounmpo placed his name in the record books multiple times en route to winning 2021 NBA Finals MVP. The Milwaukee Bucks forward had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in one of the most dominant performances ever seen on the league’s biggest stage.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic NBA Finals performance
In the aftermath of his demolition job of the Suns, Giannis Antetokounmpo elevated his career and added to his impressive resume. Through it all, the Greek Freak remained humble in victory as he had been in defeat in previous years.
Let’s run down the otherworldly stats behind Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic performance:
1. By scoring 50 points in Game 6, Giannis Antetokounmpo became the seventh player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in the Finals. He joined all-time greats Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Jerry West, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 50 points in Game 6 tied him with Bob Petit of the St. Louis Hawks in 1958 for most points in a closeout game in the NBA Finals. Additionally, Antetokounmpo’s total surpassed Michael Jordan’s 45, which had been the highest points in an NBA Finals clincher since the NBA/ABA merger.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo had per-game averages of 35.2 points while shooting 61.8% from the field, with 13.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the 2021 NBA Finals. He became the first player in league annals to average 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists on 60% shooting or better.