NBA Finals: After worst offensive quarter of playoffs, Bucks bounce back to win title

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The Milwaukee Bucks were hurtling toward their first championship in 50 years. And then the train came to a screeching halt, but it never came off the tracks. 

Despite leading by 13 points after the first quarter, the Bucks entered halftime down 47-42 against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals thanks to an offensively disastrous second quarter. The Bucks scored only 13 points in 12 minutes of action, shooting 4-of-20 from the field.

It was the team's worst scoring output in any quarter this postseason.

However, a strong second half and 50 points from Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo propelled the Bucks to the NBA championship

Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game Six to win the 2021 NBA championship at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game Six to win the 2021 NBA championship at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Game 6 first half was tale of two quarters

He led the Bucks in scoring for the quarter with seven points. No other player had more than four, and the team scored only one field goal outside of the paint.

As a team, the non-Antetokounmpo Bucks shot 9-of-33 from the field and 3-of-16 from deep in the first half. Antetokounmpo had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks at the half, though he and the Bucks defense haven't been able to stop Chris Paul from doing stuff like this:

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Making matters even more dire was Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton picking up his third foul midway through the second quarter.

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