Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time since 1971 – .

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Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time since 1971 – .


Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 50 points and 14 rebounds. Khris Middleton had 17 points and Bobby Portis had 16. Chris Paul of Phoenix led the Suns with 26 points.

Antetokounmpo was the first player to have at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a playoff game since the blocks were first recorded in 1974, the NBA tweeted. He became the seventh player to have at least 50 points in the championship round.

“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me, thanking my teammates,” said Antetokounmpo after accepting the MVP award for the final. “They played hard in every scary game. I trusted this team. I wanted to do it here in this city, I wanted to do it with these guys, so I’m happy. I’m glad we were able to do it. “

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised the Suns, saying they had great players, great coach and great organization. Then he greeted his team.

“These players, they are champions every day,” he told the NBA Finals broadcaster ABC. “Every day, they come to the building, they are champions. They embraced getting better every day, they embraced competition, they embraced playing together. And that made them champions tonight. I couldn’t be prouder of them. ”
In 1971, the Bucks won the title in their third season behind the exceptional play of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and Oscar Robertson. They have beaten the Baltimore Bullets in the last four games zero, winning the last game on the road.

It was the Bucks ‘first appearance in the Finals since 1974 and it was the Suns’ third appearance in the Finals, most recent in 1993. The franchise has never won an NBA championship.

Three players from the NBA Finals will travel to Tokyo to form the United States team at the Olympics: Middleton, Bucks goaltender Jrue Holiday and Suns goaltender Devin Booker.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.



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