NBA: Milwaukee beat Suns for first title since 1971; Giannis named Finals MVP

MILWAUKEE (REUTERS) – The Milwaukee Bucks won the franchise’s first National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in 50 years with a 105-98 win over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Tuesday (July 20).

With the victory, the Bucks clinched the NBA Finals 4-2 and became only the fifth team to win the best-of-seven championship series after losing the first two games.

Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a masterpiece as he led the way for Milwaukee with a playoff career-high 50 points to secure a championship that will surely soothe the Bucks’ recent history of postseason failure.

He was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable. Besides his scoring, he added 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Phoenix overcame a slow start to the game and led by as many as seven points early in the third quarter but could not contain Antetokounmpo down the stretch.

Suns guard Chris Paul had a team-high 26 points.

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