NBA Finals 2021

NBA Finals 2021: Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers signature Finals moment with clutch block in Game 4

The great ones are defined by signature moments on the biggest stage and Giannis Antetokounmpo might have just pulled off the biggest of his career.

Down the stretch of Game 4, with the Milwaukee Bucks leading 101-99 with under 90 seconds remaining, the Phoenix Suns had a chance to tie things up, but Antetokounmpo had other ideas.

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Devin Booker powered into the lane and tossed it up to big man Deandre Ayton who rose up to finish the alley-oop, but Antetokounmpo instinctively turned and perfectly timed his leap to meet him at the rim and send the shot flying off the backboard into the awaiting arms of P.J Tucker.

"That's an NBA Finals special moment right there...that's what he's capable of," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said postgame.

On the Suns' next posession, Chris Paul turned the ball over, leading to a Khris Middleton fastbreak layup, shutting the door on Game 4 as the Bucks went on to win 109-103.

If the Bucks go on to win the NBA Finals, that block will be emblazoned across t-shirts in Milwaukee for the next 20 years.

Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks, with the series now tied at 2-2.

"I thought I was going to get dunked on, to be honest with you," he said postgame of the block.

"But going down the stretch and doing whatever it takes to win the game and put yourself in a position that can win the game."

Social Reaction

Players around the league took to Twitter after the play in awe of Antetokounmpo's monstrous defensive effort.

He's not a former Defensive Player of the Year for no reason.

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