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2021 NBA Playoff Journal (Wednesday, July 21)

Milwaukee's Game 5 win was the first for a road team this series but in last night's Game 6, the Bucks prevailed at home 105-98. It wasn't "just another win," as with the victory, the Bucks captured the franchise's SECOND-ever NBA title. The first came 50 years ago, when Kareem and the Big O swept the then-Baltimore Bullets 4-0 in the 1971 NBA Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo capped one of the greatest performances in NBA Finals history, by scoring 50 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking five shots. It was his third game this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds, who averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 61.8% during the six games. He is the first player in Finals history to reach all of those numbers. For every yin, there has to be a yang. The 'yang' in this series was Chris Paul, who was playing in his first Finals of a 16-year career. He made 11 of 19 shots (scored 26 points) but after the Suns went up 2-0 this series, losing FOUR straight has got to be tough to take.

I'll take a day to reflect and my final journal of the 2021 NBA playoffs will be posted Thursday. However, I can quickly give a "final accounting" of the 2021 playoff numbers. Home teams went 5-1 SU & ATS in the Finals but finished 48-37 (.565) SU and only 43-41-1 ATS, overall. Over/under bettors saw 42 overs, 40 unders and three pushes. As for those following the "Zig-Zag Theory," they once again, "took it on the chin!" The final tally left them 31-39 ATS or minus-11.9 net games.

My final playoff journal will be available Thursday afternoon by 1:00 ET.

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