Milwaukee Bucks: Grades from thrilling Game 6 win vs. Phoenix Suns

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 20 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 20 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

How did the starting five perform for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 win vs. Phoenix Suns?

Milwaukee Bucks. JRUE HOLIDAY. B. Jrue Holiday had himself an abysmal scoring night in Game 6 by tallying 12 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the fall, struggling to see anything go down all game. While those poor numbers are where many eyes will immediately dart to, Holiday did everything else but score to help the Bucks bull out this game. He would put on a facilitating display by handing out 11 assists, getting his teammates involved as he struggled with his own offense. Also hauling down nine rebounds, the guard would finish with a near triple-double but fell one board short. Where Holiday performed the best was on the defensive side, where he was primarily tasked with slowing down Phoenix’s Devin Booker, who also had himself a struggle-filled night offensively. Disregard his poor shooting numbers and three turnovers on the night, the Bucks could not have done it without Holiday’s effort.. PG

B. Like his running-mate in the backcourt, Khris Middleton struggled offensively for a large portion of this game. Yet, when the Bucks needed him the most in crunch time, Middleton’s struggles faded away as he stepped up and delivered two clutch baskets to help stretch the lead out of reach for the Suns. He would finish with 17 points on 13 shot attempts, fittingly coming up big for Milwaukee down the stretch to help secure the title. Elsewhere, Middleton would tally five assists, although he added five turnovers to go along with it. With active hands on the defensive end, No. 22 would snatch four steals to round out a solid performance. While he might not have won Finals MVP like many talking heads were calling for, there is no denying Middleton’s monumental impact not just in this game but throughout the entire series.. SG. Milwaukee Bucks. KHRIS MIDDLETON

P.J. Tucker did not make waves offensively in this contest, missing his sole shot attempt from the field. Yet, that has become expected throughout this series, as the forward uses his energy on the defensive end to play pestering defense from start to finish. That was the case last night as he was hustling like there was a championship on the line, the highlight of the night coming after grabbing a massive steal off Booker with less than five minutes in the fourth. He would also gather six rebounds, two of which came on the offensive end to keep the play alive. While single-player +/- can be a flawed stat, Tucker finished with a game-high +13 on the night, signaling his impact on this title-sealing victory.. SF. Milwaukee Bucks. P.J. TUCKER. B

A+. Given his pure dominance, even an A+ seems too low of a grade for Giannis Antetokounmpo. With his teammates struggling to contribute offensively, the Greek Freak put the team on his back and had the best and most memorable performance of his career to date. He would score a whopping 50 points on 64 percent shooting, imposing his will inside time and time again down low as the Suns had no answer for him from start to finish. That led to many trips to the free throw line, and Antetokounmpo looked as composed as ever by knocking down 17 shots in 19 attempts. He was beyond efficient, and it was only fitting that he earned his 50th point by hitting a foul shot after being bombarded for criticism for his shooting all season. However, Antetokounmpo was doing far more than scoring as he would block an impressive five blocked shots on the night. He was simply unbelievable on both ends of the floor, rightfully earning his first Finals MVP trophy with a masterful performance.. PF. Milwaukee Bucks. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

Milwaukee Bucks. BROOK LOPEZ. B. The Bucks have used Antetokounmpo at center throughout this series, which has made Brook Lopez the odd man out sometimes. That was somewhat the case last night as he played 27 minutes, but he gave some solid contributions with 10 points and eight rebounds. He was efficient offensively when he decided to play like the towering 7″0′ big man that he is, but with Giannis dominating as much as he was, he was rightfully camped out on the perimeter for most of the night. He would miss all three of his attempts from behind the arc, but it ultimately did not matter on a night where he finally became an NBA Champion.. C