Giannis Antetokounmpo has etched his name in the annals of NBA history with one of the great NBA Finals title-clinching performances in recent memory.
The "Greek Freak" secured his first-career championship on Tuesday, and the Bucks’ first Larry O'Brien Trophy in 50 years by scoring 50 points to lead Milwaukee to a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns and complete a comeback after falling 0-2 in the NBA Finals.
His final line was 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He became the first player to ever have at least 50 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in an NBA Finals game, and the seventh player to have a 50-point game in the Finals, securing the Bill Russell Trophy as the NBA Finals MVP.
What might have been the most remarkable part of his performance was shooting 17 of 19 from the free throw line — turning his biggest weakness into a strength.
It capped an amazing Finals performance from Antetokounmpo — whom many feared would be out for the playoffs after he hyperextended his left knee in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks.
But Antetokounmpo returned and finished the job, and social media was buzzing as everyone showed their respect, including fellow NBA brethren LeBron James and C.J. McCollum, as well as Green Bay Packers (as of now) quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Also of note from Milwaukee's NBA title, Western New York native Jordan Nwora was part of the Bucks roster to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The 22-year-old rookie forward appeared in five playoff games for the Bucks in their championship run.