NBA Finals 2021: Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA Title After 50 Years; Giannis Antetokounmpo makes history, breaks 2 records

NBA Finals 2021: The Milwaukee Bucks have defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals 2021 to win the NBA title after 50 years.

Giannis becomes only the 7th player to score 50 points in the NBA Finals. He also had 13 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo broke 2 records in Game 6. He became the first player in NBA history with 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a Finals game. Furthermore, Giannis had 12 games this postseason with 30 points & 10 rebounds. That’s tied with Elgin Baylor for 2nd-most in a single postseason of NBA History.

The Bucks have been NBA Champions before, winning the trophy in 1971 with Kareem-Abdul Jabbar at the helm. Phoenix hasn’t won a title but made the NBA Finals in 1993 with Charles Barkley, just to lose to Michael Jordan. This is the first Finals appearance for the Suns since 1993, and the Bucks are returning to the Finals for the first time since 1974.

NBA Finals 2021: Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA title after 50 years

Let’s look at the season summary for the NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks

After a turbulent start of the season for the Bucks when they were not sure about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future, the front office has done a fantastic job of keeping the Greek Freak and bringing in Jrue Holiday as well as P.J. Tucker.

Milwaukee Bucks offers a mammoth contract to Giannis for an NBA Playoffs Push

Giannis Antetokounmpo announced a five-year commitment to Milwaukee Bucks. According to reports, Antetokounmpo has agreed to a five-year, $228.2 million extension with the franchise, the largest deal in NBA history.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has made a big commitment to the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Tuesday, the two-time MVP announced that he will be with the Bucks for at least the next five years.

Antetokounmpo agreed to a five-year, $228.2 million extension with the franchise, the largest deal in NBA history. Antetokounmpo reportedly has an opt-out clause in 2025.

The Milwaukee Bucks did not have an easy road either. They faced the 2019-20 runners-up Miami Heat. Although, the Heat was nowhere as good as they were last season and the Bucks won the series 4-0.

The biggest test for the Bucks came against the Brooklyn Nets and the Big 3. Unfortunately for the Nets, not all of their superstars were fit at the same time. In Game 7, which went into overtime, the Bucks won 115-111. Kevin Durant forced the first Overtime and was inches away from winning the series for the Nets as his foot was on the 3-point line.

After qualifying for the East Finals, they faced the Atlanta Hawks, who were terrific this season. It took the Bucks 6 games to down Trae Young and co. in a magnificent East Finals series. The Atlanta Hawks came back twice to tie the series but the Bucks, even without Antetokounmpo won Games 5 and 6.

NBA Finals 2021: Milwaukee Bucks NBA Playoffs Record since 2000

Opening Round Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals NBA Finals
Season Record Results Opponent Record Results Opponent Record Results Opponent Record Results Opponent
2020-2021 4-0 W W W W Heat 4-3 L L W W L W W Nets 3-2 L W W L W Hawks
2019-2020 4-1 L W W W W Magic 1-4 L L L W L Heat
2018-2019 4-0 W W W W Pistons 4-1 L W W W W Celtics 2-4 W W L L L L Raptors
2017-2018 3-4 L L W W L W L Celtics
2016-2017 2-4 W L W L L L Raptors
2015-2016
2014-2015 2-4 L L L W W L Bulls
2013-2014
2012-2013 0-4 L L L L Heat
2011-2012
2010-2011
2009-2010 3-4 L L W W W L L Hawks
2008-2009
2007-2008
2006-2007
2005-2006 1-4 L L W L L Pistons
2004-2005
2003-2004 1-4 L W L L L Pistons
2002-2003 2-4 L W L W L L Nets
2001-2002
2000-2001 3-1 W W L W Magic 4-3 W W L L L W W Hornets 3-4 L W W L L W L Sixers

 

NBA Finals 2021: Milwaukee Bucks playoffs history

The Bucks have been close to the Finals before. They were up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019 but lost to the Toronto Raptors who won four straight games on their way to that year’s title. But the Bucks have finally made it to the NBA Finals led by an eclectic crew of players. They are led by two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Giannis is one of 12 players to win back-to-back NBA MVP awards and in 2019-20, became the third player to be named MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season (Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon).

The Bucks have another former all-star to round out their big three in Jrue Holiday. Holiday made the 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Along with that, he won the 2020-21 NBA Sportsmanship Award and the 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.