August 1, 2021

Milwaukee beats Phoenix at home, clinches NBA title

The Milwaukee Bucks won, Tuesday, July 20, the second NBA title in their history by winning at home against the Phoenix Suns (105-98) after a bitter and disputed match, worn by a Giannis Antetokounmpo who has gone down in legend.

Throughout the meeting, the Greek winger will have reigned in both defense and attack, achieving one of the most striking performances in the history of the league, with 50 points and 14 rebounds in the end. Dropped a good part of the meeting by his lieutenants Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, the « Greek Freak » has further raised his level, he who already averaged more than 32 points so far in this final.

Opposite, Phoenix played with the energy of despair, led by his leader Chris Paul (26 points) who was at the end of his strength. After having started the game very badly, the Suns had yet found themselves behind by 13 points at the end of the first quarter (29-16), unable to take a long shot.

A success on the wire

With a heroic defense, which caused a shovelful of stray bullets, Phoenix came back and held the entire game, giving himself the opportunity to believe it until the end, or almost.

But after delivering several very high-end performances in this final, the Suns’ back Devin Booker stalled (14 of his 22 missed shots), especially at the end of the match, losing 6 balls in total. A last shot from Middleton, very awkward so far, at the entrance of the last minute, followed by two throws, permanently put the visitors of Arizona at a distance (102-96).

Once again during these play-offs, these Bucks sometimes considered too tender in previous seasons have achieved success on the wire, full of authority. Phoenix comes out of the final with his head held high, even if he undoubtedly missed an opportunity in Game 5 at home on Saturday.

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The World with AFP