MILWAUKEE — Beauty is a not a requirement for championships.
The aesthetics of Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals won’t be remembered by the Milwaukee Bucks of their fans.
All they will remember is the joy of winning a title and career-defining performance from two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, giving Milwaukee its first championship since 1971 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson propelled the Bucks over the Baltimore Bullets.
And, as it should be, Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP, carried the Bucks in a career-defining effort.
Named Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, collected 14 rebounds and had five blocks, and just as important as his 16-for-25 shooting from the field was, the notoriously below-average free throw shooter, made 17-for-19 foul shots.
His 50 points were sixth-highest scoring performance in Finals history, according to basketball-reference.com.
In the final three games of the series — all close contests — Milwaukee proved to be the more poised team.
In a 77-77 game after three quarters, Milwaukee outscored Phoenix 28-21 in the final quarter. Khris Middleton’s mid-range jumper with 56.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Bucks a 102-96 lead.
The Bucks are the fifth NBA team in 36 times to lose the first two games of a Finals series and win the title.
Antetokounmpo joins Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP, and All-Star Game MVP.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bucks win first NBA championship in 50 years after beating Suns
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