Behind 50 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 6, the resilient Milwaukee Bucks were crowned the 2021 NBA Champions.
Winning the series clincher 105-98, they won their second title in franchise history and the first since 1971. En route to the title, they became the fifth team ever and the first since Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 to overcome a 2-0 series lead in the Finals.
The Greek Freak was the only player to really ball out and yet, Game 6 was a thrilling competitive contest with 13 lead changes that went down to the final minute.
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That said, here's a look at the Player Ratings from this game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 10
Antetokounmpo was tied in this game for the most turnovers with six but who cares, when you finish with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks while shooting 16-of-25 from the field and an incredible near-perfect 17-of-19 from the charity stripe.
It goes down as one of the finest performances in NBA Finals history, let alone the fact that it came in a clincher.
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I hesitated to give anybody a 10 in the Player Ratings for this Finals and gave the standout player from each game a 9.5 but Antetokounmpo takes the cake here. He gets the extra 0.5 points for everything he's done to carry the Bucks until here and then showing up in a massive way in the game that mattered the most.
Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton - 9
There's no doubt about their value to the team but Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have had an inconsistent 2021 postseason. Game 6 was one of those games they didn't see the ball go down as much but as they always have, they did plenty of other things.
Holiday nearly played the entire game (46) minutes and just shot 4-of-19 from the field but dished out 11 assists while also recording nine rebounds and four steals. His plus-minus of +12 was the highest among all starters.
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Middleton finished with just 17 points, a decent margin of his Finals average of 25.4 points leading into this game but like Holiday, he did more with five assists and four steals. His +11 was the second-best among all starters.
Bobby Portis - 8.5
For not the first time this series, Bobby Portis' spark off the bench was invaluable for the Bucks.
The 6-foot-10 big man finished with 16 points, one shy of the second-highest tally for Milwaukee, in just 23 minutes on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. He did most of his damage in the first half, when no other Bucks player outside of Antetokounmpo had it going.
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It was Portis, scoring 10 of his 16, that provided support to Antetokounmpo and ensured the Suns wouldn't scamper to a huge halftime lead.
Chris Paul and Jae Crowder - 8
For the Suns, Chris Paul and Jae Crowder were the biggest contributors. The two veterans, who joined the Suns in the 2020 offseason - one via trade and the other via free agency, came up big but didn't receive enough support.
Paul scored a team-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. He scored (10) or assisted on 15 of the team's 35 points in the second quarter which helped the Suns rebound from a 13-point first-quarter deficit to a five-point halftime lead. In the second half, he dropped 13 but it simply was enough as he also recorded five assists and a steal.
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On the other hand, Crowder struggled to knock it down as he shot 4-of-11 from the field but he stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and a block. At the end of his 40 minutes, he finished as the only Suns starter to record a positive plus-minus (+4).
Deandre Ayton - 7
Coming off the high bar, he set for himself in the first two games, Deandre Ayton's 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks feel below par.
Having said that, it must be noted that he was battling foul trouble and that's also why he only played 37 minutes, the lowest among Suns starters.
It is also important to remember that this is still his first Finals, in just his third NBA season, so there are plenty more great things to come for Ayton.
Devin Booker - 7
Coming off two consecutive 40-point games, Booker didn't seem to have it in Game 6. After knocking down his first shot, to silence the crowd after a block and fastbreak by Antetokounmpo, Booker struggled to knock down shots.
He finished with just 19 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter where the Suns survived Antetokounmpo 20 points in the period but other than that, Booker had a rough outing.
He shot 8-of-22 overall from the field, including 0-of-7 from the 3-point line while committing a tied game-high six turnovers.
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