The “Greek Freak” became a Greek god on Tuesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely broke in the Bucks’ 105-98 win over the Suns on Tuesday night, winning Milwaukee’s first championship in half a century.
There’s no hyperbole here: Antetokounmpo had one of the greatest NBA Finals performances in league history. He racked up 50 points and was an unstoppable freight train all night long, absolutely terrorizing the Suns inside – and, somewhat surprisingly, on the dividing line.
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Antetokounmpo finally found his shot on the charity strip, with 17 of 19 proving to be a real difference-maker on the pitch in the tie-breaker.
Giannis ’50-point performance is among the best performances of all time in the Finals – there had only been six 50-point efforts in NBA Finals history, with Giannis’ game marking the seventh. Elgin Baylor (61 points, Lakers, 1962), Michael Jordan (55 points, Bulls, 1993), Rick Barry (55 points, Warriors, 1967), Jerry West (55 points, Lakers, 1969), LeBron James (51 points, Cavaliers, 2018) and Bob Pettit (50 points, Hawks, 1958) are the others.
It’s been 50 years since the Bucks were NBA champions – coincidentally, it took those 50 points for Giannis to get there. For his efforts, Giannis was aptly named MVP of the final, with a unanimous tally of 11-0.
The NBA world was in turmoil after Giannis’ legendary performance.
Hi and congratulations @ Giannis_An34!! You won this shit !! 💐. 🙏🏾✊🏾❤️👑
– LeBron James (@KingJames) July 21, 2021
50 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks !!!! Nothing else to add🔥🔥🔥 MVP, MVP, MVP !!!
– Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 21, 2021
Attention LeBron… KD and Giannis are here for your throne👀
– Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 21, 2021
Move over, Zeus. Sit down, Poseidon. Make room in the pantheon for Giannis.