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The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions.
The squad defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105 to 98, connected Tuesday nighttime to triumph crippled six of the NBA Finals and adjacent retired the series. With 1 infinitesimal near successful the crippled and the result a foregone conclusion, chants of “Bucks successful six” broke retired repeatedly amongst the much than 65,000 gathered extracurricular Fiserv Forum. The astir 16,500 radical stayed successful their seats until good aft the crippled was completed and the squad hoisted the Larry O’Brien title trophy.
It’s the archetypal clip since 1971 the Bucks are NBA champions.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are the past players near connected the squad from its disastrous 2013-2014 play wherever the squad won lone 15 games. It won 16 successful the 2021 playoffs to unafraid the title.
The 2 led the squad to the championship, with Antetokounmpo scoring 50 of the team’s 105 points successful the closeout crippled and being named the finals’ Most Valuable Player. He has doubly won regular-season MVP awards.
The triumph fulfilled a 2013 connection by erstwhile Milwaukee Bucks defender Brandon Jennings. When asked for his playoff bid prediction anterior to playing the Miami Heat, the league’s champion team, Jennings responded: “I’m existent confident. I’m definite everybody is penning america off, but I spot america winning the bid successful six.” The squad was swept by the Heat, but Jennings’ assurance took connected a beingness of its own. “Bucks successful six” became a operation commonly utilized by fans.
Jennings, who was successful attendance Tuesday night, was traded aft that play but returned concisely successful 2018. When asked astir the 2013 statement, by past a moving gag betwixt fans, helium said: “Bucks successful six always, that’s for the culture.”
Former Bucks players Michael Redd, Desmond Mason, Marques Johnson and Vin Baker were besides successful attendance Tuesday night. Baker is present an adjunct manager nether caput manager Mike Budenholzer.
The squad besides defeated the Atlanta Hawks successful six games to spell to the NBA Finals. The past clip the squad was successful the finals was 1974 erstwhile Bucks mislaid successful 7 games to the Boston Celtics.
The squad was sold astatine the extremity of the disastrous 2014 play by long-time proprietor Herb Kohl to Marc Lasry, Wesley Edens and Jamie Dinan. Kohl pledged $100 cardinal arsenic portion of the merchantability proceeds to physique what became Fiserv Forum.
Milwaukee present has what Lasry, Edens and Dinan said they would bring to the city: a championship.
"Wisconsin, we've got a country astatine the apical of the satellite tonight!"
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2021