'Insane': Giannis' never-before-seen feat in NBA Finals triumph

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, pictured here making some insane history in Game 6 for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo made some insane history in Game 6 for the Milwaukee Bucks. Image: Getty

Giannis Antetokounmpo has become the first player to record at least 50 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in an NBA Finals game, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in 50 years in Game 6.

In an iconic performance worthy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who last led the Bucks to a title in 1971, Antetokounmpo scored 33 of his 50 points after half-time to beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98.

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Antetokounmpo marked one of the great Finals performances with 16 of 25 field goals, 16 of 17 free throws, 14 rebounds and five blocks in 42 minutes. 

It was his third game this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds.

He left no doubt as to who is the Finals MVP.

In doing so, he became the first player since blocks began being recorded in 1974 to reach at least 50 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a Finals game.

With the victory, the Bucks clinched the best-of-seven series 4-2 and won their first championship since 1971.

They also became only the fifth team to win the championship series after losing the first two games.

Antetokounmpo hopped around the court waving his arms with 20 seconds remaining to encourage fans to cheer, but it was way too late for that.

Their voices had been booming inside and outside for hours by then, having waited 50 years to celebrate a winner.

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The Bucks got just 29 points on 10-of-32 shooting combined from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, but wide-eyed reserve Bobby Portis contributed 16 points and each of Brook Lopez's 10 points resonated.

Chris Paul led the Suns with 26 points. Devin Booker add 19 points on 22 shots.

The first 3:19 of the fourth quarter was played within one possession, until an Antetetokounmpo tip-in put the Bucks up 86-82. 

Paul answered with a quintessential mid-range jumper, but Antetokounmpo's four straight free throws and a Portis layup gave the Bucks a 92-86 lead that put pressure on Phoenix to fold.

Both teams battled nerves early, combining for three field goals on 15 attempts and six turnovers in the first five minutes. 

Middleton was first to find his rhythm, scoring seven straight points for a 15-7 cushion.

Mike Budenholzer and Giannis Antetokounmpo, pictured here after the Bucks secured their first NBA Championship in 50 years.
Mike Budenholzer and Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrate after the Bucks secured their first NBA Championship in 50 years. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images).

Portis and Antetekounmpo each took turns scoring six straight, pushing the advantage to 29-16 by quarter's end.

In a sure sign of trouble, Cam Payne's five points off the bench led the Suns in the first quarter, but he scored another five to ignite a 10-0 run to start the second. 

It was not unlike the counterpunch the Bucks threw in the second quarter of Game 5 in Phoenix. 

By the midway point, Paul's layup tied Game 6 at 33, and a pair of DeAndre Ayton free throws gave the Suns their first lead inside of five minutes before half-time.

Led by Paul's 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting, the Suns shot 61% in the second quarter (11-18 FG) to the Bucks' 20% (4-20 FG), and Phoenix outscored Milwaukee 31-13 in the frame to take a 47-42 halftime lead.

Sniffing a ring, Antetokounmpo owned the third quarter, scoring 14 of Milwaukee's first 18 points after the break and dropping 20 total in the stanza. 

His burst returned the lead to the Bucks, and six straight points from Brook Lopez - including a thunderous dunk that ignited the crowd - extended their edge to 66-61.

A four-point play from Jae Crowder and inspired effort from backup centre Frank Kaminsky helped the Suns withstand the onslaught. 

With Ayton in foul trouble and Paul resting, Booker helmed a 14-9 run to close the third, scoring or assisting on the final 10 points to even the score entering the fourth, 77-77.

with agencies and Yahoo Sports staff

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