WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo Plays Bully Ball and Makes a Tough Finish Over DeAndre Ayton in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Published 07/06/2021, 10:20 PM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) scores a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The Bucks, in their first road game of the NBA Finals 2021, unquestionably had a hard time concentrating around the roaring Phoenix crowd. However, with Khris Middleton generating ‘Khash’ and Giannis Antetokounmpo managing an impressive comeback, they were very much in the game.

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However, it was still a game in Suns’ control with their top three scorers going big before the halftime. Take for example, Chris Paul, who went scoreless in Q1 came back to drop 11 dimes in Q2. Was it a game for the deers to win?

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his fearless fire on a freaky show

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The Greek Freak was under tremendous pressure both physically (coming back from a hyperextended knee) and psychologically. With the crowd chanting counts for each of his free throws, it looked appalling for him to perform. Yet, the man, who rejoined the team after hitting the bench within five minutes of play, made his presence felt.

Take a look at how he intimidated DeAndre Ayton with a contact play and an easy-looking dunk. 

If this wasn’t enough, he further demolished DA with a turnaround jumper and drilled the Suns’ defense.

In his first 16 minutes on the floor, the Freak collected 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. Additionally, his 2/4 FTs seemed impressive under the dire conditions.

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What all was happening on the Phoenix Suns’ end?

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As a shocker, Dario Saric, after going scoreless in his 3 minutes, limped to the locker room (knee injury) in Q2. Frank Kamisky replaced him as a substitute and that seemed like a loss. But that still didn’t bother them much because Devin Booker was having a crazy night. Apart from a sluggish second quarter, the 24-YO enjoyed a clean night with 16 points by halftime

Notably, Cameron Johnson, who is easy to forget, was on a great show from the perimeter, scoring 2/2 to start. However, with Giannis playing a great defense game, the Suns did face the heat.

By halftime, the Suns had an 8-point lead which was still not a comfortable place. So what would you predict, a Suns or a Bucks win from here? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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