The first half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals saw plenty of drama. But the star of the first half was outside the arena, in the stands: A Suns fan counting $100 bills with the crowd during Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free throw counts sent the internet in a tizzy.
While Giannis was at the line for his free throw, a Suns fan began to count money while Antetokounmpo went through his routine. He and the fans counted up to 12, which was how long it took the Greek basketball player to attempt a shot.
Antetokounmpo missed the free throw, the money counting tactic might have thrown him off.
One of the main tops of conversation in the NBA playoffs has been Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine. The star forward has been called out numerous times for taking longer than the allotted 10 seconds during a free throw.
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Players and teams have voiced their frustration over the elongated process, and now the fans too have got involved.
The stadium was bursting with cheery crowds since the beginning of game 5. Spirits ran high and loud music blared through.
The match however went the way of Milwaukee Bucks as Giannis carried the day having amassed 32 points with nine rebounds and six assists, including a game-sealing alley-oop dunk to lead the Bucks to a wild 123–119 Game 5 win over the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.
Antetokounmpo was ably assisted by Khris Middleton who scored seven of his 29 points in the game’s final minutes to suppress Phoenix’s comeback attempt. Jrue Holiday added 27 points.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one victory away from laying claim to their first title since 1971. Tuesday night will decide if the Bucks can get the job done or if there’s a Game 7.