The “Greek Freak” grew to become a Greek god on Tuesday evening.
Giannis Antetokounmpo completely erupted within the Bucks’ 105-98 win over the Suns on Tuesday evening, clinching Milwaukee’s first championship in half a century.
There is no hyperbole right here: Antetokounmpo had one of many best NBA Finals performances in league historical past. He put up 50 factors and was an unstoppable freight practice all evening, completely terrorizing the Suns on the within — and, considerably surprisingly, on the foul line.
Antetokounmpo lastly discovered his stroke on the charity stripe, going 17 of 19, proving to be a real difference-maker on the courtroom within the clinching recreation.
Giannis’ 50-point performances is up there with among the all-time nice Finals performances: There had solely been six 50-point efforts in NBA Finals historical past, with Giannis’ recreation marking the seventh. Elgin Baylor (61 factors, Lakers, 1962), Michael Jordan (55 factors, Bulls, 1993), Rick Barry (55 factors, Warriors, 1967), Jerry West (55 factors, Lakers, 1969), LeBron James (51 factors, Cavaliers, 2018) and Bob Pettit (50 factors, Hawks, 1958) are the others.
It has been 50 years for the reason that Bucks had been NBA champs — coincidentally, it took these 50 factors from Giannis to make it occur. For his efforts, Giannis was deservedly voted the Finals MVP, with a unanimous 11-0 tally.
The NBA world was buzzing after Giannis’ legendary exhibiting.
Salute & Congrats @Giannis_An34!! You earned that shit!! 🏆💍 💐. 🙏🏾✊🏾❤️👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 21, 2021
50 factors, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks!!!! Nothing else so as to add🔥🔥🔥 MVP, MVP, MVP!!!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 21, 2021
Be careful LeBron…KD and Giannis are proper there coming in your throne👀
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 21, 2021
Transfer over, Zeus. Sit down, Poseidon. Make some house within the pantheon for Giannis.