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NBA Finals 2021: Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks schedule, news, highlights, analysis

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NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo excited to win title with Middleton, Bucks (2:31)

Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on winning the NBA Finals with longtime teammate Khris Middleton and the rest of the organization. (2:31)

The 2021 NBA Finals are over, and we have a champion we haven't seen in 50 years. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in six games to win their first NBA title since 1971. The Bucks became the fifth team in NBA history to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win the NBA Finals, the first since the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo closed out the series in style, posting 50 points to clinch the title for Milwaukee and earn Finals MVP honors.

Relive all the ups and downs of an epic Finals series right here.

2021 NBA playoffs: Conf. finals | Conf. semis | First round

Milwaukee Bucks (3) def. Phoenix Suns (2) 4-2

Game 1
Suns 118, Bucks 105

Game 2
Suns 118, Bucks 108

Game 3
Bucks 120, Suns 100

Game 4
Bucks 109, Suns 103

Game 5
Bucks 123, Suns 119

Game 6
Bucks 105, Suns 98

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Chris Paul not retiring after Finals loss

Chris Paul says he's not calling it a career after the Suns' 105-98 loss to the Bucks in Game 6.

Game 6: Bucks 105, Suns 98

Giannis scores 50, Bucks win 1st title since 1971
CP3 not considering retirement after Finals loss
Shootings during Milwaukee celebration wound 3
NBA world has changed since Bucks' first title

Leaders

  • Points: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks - 50 points

  • Rebounds: Antetokounmpo - 14 rebounds

  • Assists: Jrue Holiday, Bucks - 11 assists

Game 6 box score | Game 6 highlights

Tweet of the Night

The championship evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo

Eight years ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was an 18-year-old rookie who had barely spent any time outside of Greece. Today, he is a two-time MVP and newly crowned NBA champion.


How good was Giannis' Game 6 performance?

The output and his team's need for every stat produced marks this as one of the greatest modern displays in Finals history, writes Kevin Pelton.

Game 5: Bucks 123, Suns 119

Holiday: 'Right place, time' on game-sealing play
Suns coach Williams: 'Whatever it takes' to get to Game 7

Leaders

  • Points: Devin Booker, Suns - 40 points

  • Rebounds: Deandre Ayton, Suns - 10 rebounds

  • Assists: Jrue Holiday, Bucks - 13 assists

Game 5 box score | Game 5 highlights

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Bucks stun Suns in Game 5 thriller

Giannis Antetokounmpo racks up 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Bucks to a 3-2 series lead over the Suns with a 123-119 win in Game 5.

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One win away, Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks are staying the course

With his parents in the stands, Jrue Holiday made the steal of the game and kept the Bucks on course, writes Ramona Shelburne.

Game 4: Bucks 109, Suns 103

Middleton, Giannis rescue Bucks from the brink
CP3 on costly turnovers: 'Bad decision-making'

Leaders

  • Points: Devin Booker, Suns - 42 points

  • Rebounds: Deandre Ayton, Suns - 17 rebounds

  • Assists: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks - 8 assists

Game 4 box score | Game 4 highlights

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A look back at the Bucks' remarkable Game 4 win

Take a look back at how the Bucks were able to rally late and stun the Suns with a Game 4 victory that sends the series back to Phoenix all tied up.

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The Bucks finally got the 'Khris Middleton game' when they needed it the most

Giannis Antetokounmpo's block grabbed the spotlight, but Khris Middleton's 40-point effort pushed Milwaukee to a critical Game 4 win, writes Kevin Arnovitz.


Giannis' clutch block in Game 4 gives NBA world LeBron 2016 vibes

Deandre Ayton caught an alley-oop late in the game with the chance to tie -- and found Giannis Antetokounmpo waiting at the rim, and the NBA world reacted.

Game 3: Bucks 120, Suns 100

Led by Giannis, Bucks flip script in Game 3 win
Williams after loss: We had 16 FTs to Giannis' 17

Leaders

  • Points: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks - 41 points

  • Rebounds: Antetokounmpo - 13 rebounds

  • Assists: Jrue Holiday, Bucks/Chris Paul, Suns - 9 assists

Game 3 box score | Game 3 highlights

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Giannis reached another level vs. Suns in Game 3

Relive the drama of Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Finals as Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks to a crucial win to cut the Suns' series lead to 2-1.

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The Bucks didn't waste another legendary Giannis performance

In the first NBA Finals game in Milwaukee in 47 years, the Bucks leaned on their superstar to climb back into the series, writes Kevin Arnovitz.

Game 2: Suns 118, Bucks 108

'Melted them': Booker's timely triples lead Suns
Giannis: Holiday will be there when we need him
Suns' Craig exits Game 2 with right knee injury

Leaders

  • Points: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks - 42 points

  • Rebounds: Antetokounmpo - 12 rebounds

  • Assists: Chris Paul, Suns/Khris Middleton, Bucks - 8 assists

Game 2 box score | Game 2 highlights

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Suns' collective effort pushes them to 2-0 Finals lead

The Suns' starters all reach double digits as Phoenix overcomes Giannis Antetokounmpo's 42 points to take a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals.

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Five big takeaways from Game 2

Devin Booker's 31 points on Thursday have the Suns halfway to the title. Can the Bucks bounce back? Our NBA experts break down Game 2.

Game 1: Suns 118, Bucks 105

Suns follow CP3's lead in win: 'Let him orchestrate'
Suns lose Saric early in Game 1 to torn ACL
Pelton: How Saric's injury impacts Suns' pursuit
Giannis: Thought I'd be out a year, now pain-free

Leaders

  • Points: Chris Paul, Suns - 32 points

  • Rebounds: Deandre Ayton, Suns - 19 rebounds

  • Assists: Paul/Jrue Holiday, Bucks - 9 assists

Game 1 box score | Game 1 highlights

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Relive the sights and sounds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Take an inside look at the epic start between the Bucks and Suns in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Chris Paul earned his moment in the sun

The NBPA president played a big role in the NBA even getting to this point, so it was fitting he took a starring role in the Suns' Game 1 win, writes Ramona Shelburne.

Coverage of the 2021 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis and the Bucks are forcing ridiculous shot-making from Phoenix -- and it's working

With Giannis as their anchor, the Bucks' elite defense has plugged passing lanes CP3 and Devin Booker have long exploited. The result? More isolations for the backcourt duo -- and absurdly difficult shots.

Read Zach Lowe's story


Get used to seeing Giannis on this stage, folks

History tells us when players dominate the paint like Giannis does, they tend to dominate the playoffs too.

Read Kirk Goldsberry's story


How P.J. Tucker found his place in the NBA

For every tale of Tucker's elite fashion sense or locker-room antics, there are twice as many about the undersized power forward's near-legendary competitive streak.

Read the story from Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon


How the Milwaukee Bucks finally constructed a title contender

From Giannis Antetokounmpo's breakout to the hiring of Mike Budenholzer, from building a diamond of an arena to the signing of Brook Lopez, here are nine critical moments that brought the Milwaukee Bucks from mediocrity to title contender.

Read Kevin Arnovitz's story

How the Suns got to the Finals

First round: Def. Los Angeles Lakers (7), 4-2
Conf. semis: Def. Denver Nuggets (3), 4-0
Conf. finals: Def. LA Clippers (4), 4-2

Whether destiny or redemption, the Suns' story is improbable and unique

Whether they're a team of destiny or they're controlling it themselves, Chris Paul and the Suns are on an unprecedented path to the NBA Finals.

Read Brian Windhorst's story


How the Suns' devastating pick-and-roll is picking apart the NBA

After adding wrinkles and layers to what was an ordinary offense, the Suns have developed a high-octane pick-and-roll attack -- and few have shown any ability to slow it down.

Read Zach Lowe's story


Inside Deandre Ayton's road map to the upper tier of NBA centers

Being overshadowed by Luka Doncic doesn't mean the No. 1 pick from the 2018 draft is lacking potential -- far from it. There are moments when he elevates himself into the upper tier of NBA centers, a development that could reshape the future of the Western Conference.

Read Brian Windhorst's story

How the Bucks got to the Finals

First round: Def. Miami Heat (6), 4-0
Conf. semis: Def. Brooklyn Nets (2), 4-3
Conf. finals: Def. Atlanta Hawks (5), 4-2

The Bucks have reached the final level, but can they beat the Suns without Giannis?

The wounded Milwaukee Bucks rode Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday into the Finals, but will they have enough to handle their final challenge?

Read Kevin Arnovitz's story


Why the Bucks' MVP and closer might not be the same player

The Bucks have the NBA's most devastating finisher in Giannis Antetokounmpo. They spent a fortune to land All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. So why is it that Khris Middleton might hold the key to their championship dreams?

Read Kevin Arnovitz's story


Everything is fuel for Giannis Antetokounmpo's competitive fire

There isn't a space, venue or room that Giannis Antetokounmpo can't turn into an arena for friendly combat.

Read Malika Andrews' story

Historical NBA Finals coverage

2020: LeBron, Lakers back on top

The Los Angeles Lakers conquered the NBA's Orlando bubble, defeating the Miami Heat in six games for the 17th championship in franchise history.

Complete 2020 NBA Finals coverage


2019: Kawhi becomes King in the North

For the first time in NBA history a team outside the United States won the championship, as the Toronto Raptors knocked off the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Complete 2019 NBA Finals coverage


2018: How sweep it is for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors capped off a second consecutive title run by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.

Complete 2018 NBA Finals coverage


2017: Durant puts Warriors back on top

The Golden State Warriors were nearly perfect in 2017, going 16-1 in the playoffs en route to winning the NBA championship.

Complete 2017 NBA Finals coverage


2016: 'Cleveland, this is for you!'

LeBron James and the Cavaliers ended Cleveland's 52-year title drought by becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.

Complete 2016 NBA Finals coverage