For the second year in a row, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won MVP but failed in the playoffs. The Bucks were expected to improve from last season’s debacle but this time they were worse. After Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night, there was an Antetokounmpo who walked away as the champion: Kostas Antetokounmpo, Lakers forward.
To make things worse for Giannis, Lakers center JaVale McGee rubbed this fact in.
Throughout the season, Kostas played just five games and featured for more than four minutes just once out of all those appearances. But despite this negligible contribution, the 22-year-old Greek forward will be awarded his ring.
After the Heat fought back to force the Lakers into a Game 6, it looked like a comeback was on the cards. But the Lakers had a different idea. They were ruthless from the start and their focus didn’t waver.
The Lakers had an eight-point lead after the first quarter, and the game looked like it was decided in the second quarter itself. They outscored the Heat 36-16 in those 12 minutes and led by a whopping 28 points at halftime. The Heat never looked like they would make a comeback after that, especially with the Lakers defending brilliantly all game.
Leading them in this blowout was LeBron James. He finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists to notch his 11th triple-double in an NBA Finals game. No other player in the history of this league has recorded more than eight. LeBron ended up winning a unanimous Finals MVP after consistently dominating in this series.
In his first-ever Finals appearance, Anthony Davis didn’t disappoint. He was a huge presence on both ends and averaged 25 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He also had incredible shooting splits of 50-40-90, becoming only the 5th player in NBA history to do so.
When all the other title favorite teams crumbled, the Lakers stood strong and were the last team standing.
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