Bucks in six. Giannis scoring 50 points to clinch Milwaukee's first championship in 50 years – right in front of the city. If that's not fate or magic or destiny, I don't know what is.
For the first time in half a century, a championship title will call Milwaukee home as the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday night, claiming the Larry O'Brien Trophy and – most importantly – living up to mantra heard all around the city this past week: Bucks in six.
The championship is the city's first professional sports title since the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Bucks hoisted won the NBA Finals in 1971 over the Baltimore Bullets.
As with everything with Milwaukee sports, it wasn't easy as a 13-point first-quarter lead evaporated in the second in an unpleasant inverse of Game 5. But thankfully, a heroic Giannis – the MVP of the Finals with a historic 50-point performance in Game 6 – and the Bucks rewrote the script and retook the lead in the third, holding off the Suns with strong defense and clutch shots until the final whistle, the confetti fell and Milwaukee began to realize that this time we got to be on the right side of a big sports moment.
With Tuesday night's victory, the Bucks complete an incredible journey – from a 15-win squad on the verge of relocating elsewhere to the best team in the National Basketball Association – in less than a decade. They went from owning the future to owning a championship, to potentially being history to making history. So cheer the deer, Milwaukee; it's been a long, rough road to the mountain top – now enjoy the beautiful view.
Speaking of cheers, unlike the Bucks' first championship, the city of Milwaukee will celebrate the team's title with a victory parade. Details on the parade route as well as specific dates, times and plans are expected soon this week. Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more coverage on the Finals victory, the parade and the city's celebration – the first of its kind in generations.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.