Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo became only the seventh player in history to score 50 points in a Finals game, adding 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks became only the fifth team in history to be crowned champions after losing the first two in the seven-match series.
The win sent Twitter into a frenzy as fans, active and retired players and other personalitites congratulated the Bucks for their historic win.
Boston Celtics legend and 11-time NBA champion Bill Russells showered praises on Antetokounmpo for his virtuoso performance.
"Sorry I had to take a covid pass again this year, @Giannis_An34 you did the #BillRussellMVP award justice. 50 pst 14 boards! What a great way to close it out. I only wish I could hand it to you," the 87-year-old wrote on Twitter.
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The victory sparked city-wide celebrations in Milwaukee that fans, who have long been starved of success, said was a mix of relief and exhilaration. Over 65,000 fans – nearly 10% of the city’s population – were packed in the Deer District near the Fiserv Forum stadium to follow the match.
Police said there were over 1,000 officers posted around the stadium and that apart from a few arrests – mostly for intoxication – the event was largely free of violence or any other untoward incident, AFP reported.
Many supporters wore team colors, shirts that read "Bucks in Six," "Fear The Deer" and jerseys of Bucks superstar forward Antetokounmpo.
Meanwhile, the Suns were foiled in their bid for the first crown in their 53-year history. Phoenix guard Chris Paul, playing in the first NBA Finals of his 16-year at age 36, will have to wait for at least another year to win his maiden NBA title.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson said if Paul opts out of his contract with the Suns, his “first call should be from his best friend LeBron James and the Lakers.”
“A big three with LeBron, Chris, and AD will equal a NBA championship!” he said in a tweet.