Score Inside the Box: NBA 2021 Finals, Game 6

Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 50 playoff points to lead the Bucks to a 105-98 victory in Game 6.

Behind a historic performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals to win their first championship in 50 years. Let’s take a look at all facets of the box score to take a closer look at Milwaukee’s victory.

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Traditional statistics

• Giannis Antetokounmpo became only the seventh player in NBA history to score 50 points in an NBA Finals game as he carried the Bucks offense all night, especially while some of his teammates struggled early. Giannis shot 16-25 from the field (with just one basket outside the paint) and 17-19 from the free throw line, while adding 14 rebounds, five blocks and two assists.

Here is the list of players to show 50-10-5 in any NBA game – regular season or playoffs – since blocks became an official NBA statistic in the 1973-74 season:

Player Dated Match Please CER BLACK MGF-A FTM-A
Giannis Antetokounmpo 07/20/21 MIL vs. PHX 50 14 5 16-25 17-19
Anthony davis 02/26/18 NOP vs PHX 53 18 5 16-29 21-26
David robinson 01/16/93 SAS vs. CHA 52 14 7 20-28 11-15
Joe barry carroll 3/5/83 GSW vs. UTA 52 14 5 22-32 8-13
Bob mcadoo 02/22/74 BUF vs. BOS 52 22 7 20-28 12-14

• Both teams struggled to shoot beyond the arc in Game 6 as the Bucks shot 6-27 (22.2%) and the Suns finished 6-25 (24.0%) . All six 3-pointers scored a weak streak for both teams, just like their respective percentages of 3 points.

• While Jrue Holiday struggled with his shot (4-19 FG, 2-7 3P), he finished with 11 assists and created 30 Bucks points with his helpers. Giannis and Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis each received four assists of Holiday, while Brook Lopez had the other three.

• PJ Tucker had a high of +13 in Game 6 attempting a single shot. His stats: 36 minutes, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3P, 0-0 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 interception, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, plus-13. Jae Crowder (+4), Cameron Payne (+9) were the only two Suns with a positive plus / minus in Game 6

• Chris Paul led the Suns with 26 points and five assists (tied with Devin Booker for top of the team), while shooting 11-19 (57.9%) from the field. Paul was the only Suns starter to shoot better than 43 percent from the field in Game 6.

• After recording 40+ consecutive games in Games 4 and 5, Devin Booker struggled with his shot in Game 6. He finished with 19 points (four in the first half) on 8-22 (36, 4%) came empty on seven 3-point attempts, while committing six turnovers, a game-high (tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo).

• While Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the Bucks offense for most of Game 6, Milwaukee got key buckets from Bobby Portis on the bench (16 points, 6-10 FG, 2-5 3P) and Khris Middleton ( 17 points, 6-13 FG, 4-4 feet). Each scored six of their points in the fourth quarter, with Middleton’s two buckets entering the clutch as he led all players in the series clutch scoring. Middleton finished with 18 clutch points over 6-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 5-6 FT in seven minutes of clutch in final. No other player has had more than four clutch points in the series.

Advanced statistics

• The Bucks topped the Suns 53-37 in Game 6 as Milwaukee posted their highest bounce percentage (59.4%) of the series.

• Game 6 was played at fastest pace (102.50) from any game in the 2021 NBA Finals.

• Both teams posted their lowest offensive efficiency ratings of the series in Game 6: 96.1 for Phoenix and 101.9 for Milwaukee.

• Here is the list of players with the highest actual shooting percentages for each team in Game 6: Giannis (74.9% out of 25 FGA) and Portis (73.5% out of 10 FGA) for Milwaukee; Cameron Payne (83.3% on 6 FGA) and Frank Kaminsky (75.0% on 4 FGA) for Phoenix.

Miscellaneous statistics

• As John Schuhmann slumped in the final statistics, Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated in the paint, not only in Game 6, but throughout the Final. In Game 6, he scored 30 of his 50 points inside the paint – his highest score in a playoff game of his career. He has only played three games in his career (regular season or playoffs) with more than 30 points at stake.

• The Bucks had a 14-5 advantage in second chance points in game 6 and finished the series with an advantage of 91-54. Milwaukee finished with streaks in each of four miscellaneous stats: points on turnovers (93-79), quick break points (97-56) and points in the paint (294-248).

Rating Statistics

• By conceding 50 points in Game 6, Giannis Antetokounmpo made 15 shots in the paint (60% of his points), one 3 points (6% of his points) and 17 free throws (34% of his points).

• Behind Giannis’ 17-19 performance on the free throw line, the Bucks scored a best in the series 23.8% of their points at the free throw line in Game 6. Meanwhile, their 17.1% 3-point run was a low.

• The Suns also scored a low series from 3 point range (18.4%), but scored a record 44.9% of their points in the paint. Only 36.8% of Phoenix’s baskets were assisted in Game 6 – the lowest rating of all games in the series for either team.

Usage statistics

• Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a record 40.1% use rate, but scored 52.6% of Milwaukee’s points while on the pitch. He also accounted for 68% of Milwaukee’s free throws, 30.4% of Milwaukee’s rebounds and 83.3% of Milwaukee’s blocks during his 42 minutes on the field.

• Devin Booker led the Suns in use (27.8%), but only scored 21.1% of the Suns’ points on court. Chris Paul (25.8% usage, 33.8% points), Cameron Payne (27.8% usage, 34.5% points) and Frank Kaminsky (16.6% usage, 24 , 0% points) were the Suns’ top scorers in terms of use.

• Bobby Portis tied with Jrue Holiday for the second highest use rate among the Bucks at 21.0%, but he scored 32.7% of Milwaukee’s points during his 23 minutes on the pitch.

Four factors

• The Suns have posted their lowest effective percentage of field goal of the series in Game 6 (47.7%) – just over five percentage points lower than their previous low (52.8% in Game 1).

• Game 6 was the second lowest percentage of effective field goal for the Bucks (48.8%); their lowest rating came in Game 4 (43.8%). The Bucks have won their two lowest eFG% games and their two highest eFG% games in this series.

• The Bucks posted their highest free throw rate (0.354) and the highest free throw percentage (25-29, 86.2%) of the series in Game 6.

The Suns had their the most missed shots of any game in this series (48), but had their lowest offensive rebound rate (14.3%) in game 6

Player tracking

• Devin Booker and Jrue Holiday led the sixth game in minutes played and distance traveled. Booker covered 3.47 miles in 46:15 of audience time, while Holiday covered 3.32 miles in 46:17.

• Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 12-15 (80%) on disputed shots and 4-10 (40%) on uncontested shots in Game 6. Khris Middleton also shot better on disputed shots (3-4) than on uncontested shots (3-9), as did Bobby Portis (4-5 contested. 2-5 undisputed). Jrue Holiday struggled in both cases (2-9 disputed, 2-10 undisputed).

• Jae Crowder (2-9), Devin Booker (5-14), Cam Johnson (1-5) and Mikal Bridges (0-2) all struggled to hit unchallenged shots in Game 6. In the together, the Suns shot 21-52 (40.4%) on open looks – their lowest percentage of any game in the series.

• Game 6: 21-52 (40.4%)
• Match 5: 32-51 (62.7%)
• Match 4: 28-53 (52.8%)
• Match 3: 26-58 (44.8%)
• Game 2: 35-69 (50.7%)
• Match 1: 31-65 (47.7%)

• Jrue Holiday ended with a 11 assists out of 15 potential assists. Additionally, Holiday had three assists (assists that lead a teammate to take a shooting foul and make at least one free throw) and one side pass (the pass that led directly to an assist). Adjusting for free throws and secondary assists, 21.7% of Holiday’s assists resulted in an assist.

Agitation statistics

• The Suns finished with a 17-11 lead in deflections, with Mikal Bridges leading all players with five, followed by Jae Crowder and Jrue Holiday with four apiece.

• The Bucks had a 6-4 advantage in loose balls recovered with Giannis Antetokounmpo having a record three.

• While the Suns crossed the 53-37 mark, they recorded more box outs than the Bucks, 15-8. Frank Kaminsky posted a record five strikeouts in just 11 minutes from the field.

Defensive statistics

• Mikal Bridges kept his defensive clashes at 3-11 (27.3%) shooting in 13 minutes of clash time, while Chris Paul allowed just five points on 0-5 FG, 0-3 3P , 5-5 FT in his clashes, also in 13 minutes of game time.

• Brook Lopez allowed 11 points on 3-11 shots in 8:26 of defensive game time. PJ Tucker allowed 10 points on 4-12 FG, 1-4 3P in 12:32 of game time. Bobby Portis kept his clashes at nine points on 2-13 FG, 0-5 3P in 8:07 of game time.


• Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 of his 50 points in 5:34 (39.4%) of game time against Deandre Ayton. Giannis shot 9-14 from the field, 1-2 of three and 8-8 at the free throw line against Ayton in Game 6. He added 12 more points on 4-5 FG, 4-4 FT in 4 : 30 against Jae Crowd.

• Jrue Holiday held Devin Booker four points on 2-6 FG, 0-3 3P in 7:55 of game time (50.6% of Booker’s offensive game time). Booker had just two points on a 1-4 shot in 2:42 against PJ Tucker, but found more success against Khris Middleton as he scored eight points on a 4-5 shot in 2:08 of time. match.

• Deandre Ayton finished with 12 points on 4-12 shots in Game 6. He had four points on 1-5 shots in 5:37 against Brook Lopez and two points on 1-4 shots in 2:53 against Giannis Antetokounmpo.

• Khris Middleton scored 13 of his 17 points as he faced Devin Booker. In 8:05 of game time (59.7% of his total), Middleton shot 6-6 from the field, including a 3-point against Booker. He shot 0-7 against all other clashes.

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