Giannis Antetokounmpo sat and cried after carrying the Bucks with one of the greatest championship performances ever

Giannis Antetokounmpo sits on a bench in tears.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was emotional after winning the NBA championship. via ABC/NBA
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in Game 6 to lead the Bucks to the NBA championship.
  • After the buzzer, Antetokounmpo sat on the bench and teared up.
  • Antetokounmpo had one of the best Finals performances in league history.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo took a moment to let the emotions flood over him after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship on Tuesday.

After exchanging some hugs, Antetokounmpo found a seat on the bench, clearly emotional, and sat by himself for a moment, pulling a shirt over his head.

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Antetokounmpo took home the Finals MVP with one of the greatest performances in NBA history. In Game 6, he scored 50 points on 16-of-25 shooting to go with 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 blocks.

The 50 points were the most ever in a championship-clinching game. Giannis also became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to have three or more 40-point, 10-rebound games in the Finals.

For the series, Antetokounmpo averaged 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks per game.

However, Antetokounmpo’s series was more than just stats. He had timely buckets. He wowed viewers with hustle plays like chase-down blocks and put-back dunks. Between plays, Antetokounmpo often doubled catching his breath, only to keep coming when play resumed.

Antetokounmpo’s series was in doubt after he suffered a hyperextended knee during the Eastern Conference Finals. Instead, Antetokounmpo suited up for Game 1 and never looked back.

Antetokounmpo has had an incredible journey to this point. He grew up as a poor immigrant in Greece. He used to hawk CDs and DVDs on the streets to earn money. He didn’t play basketball until he was 12. He was a little-known, mysterious prospect when he was taken 15th overall by the Bucks in 2013.

Antetokounmpo is now a two-time MVP, an NBA champion, and Finals MVP, and forever etched into league history.