The Bucks were crowned NBA champions with a 105-98 win over Paul’s Phoenix Suns, winning four straight games to lift the title for the first time since 1951.
Paul had a good game for the Suns, with 25 points and five assists but ultimately couldn’t stop Giannis Antetokounmpo who was the difference with 50 points.
The 36-year-old Suns guard was making his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season in the competition and vowed to keep fighting on as he chases that elusive NBA title.
“It will take a while to process this or what not, but it’s same mentality, get back to work,” Paul said after the game.”
“I ain’t retiring, if that’s what you’re asking. That’s out. So, back to work.”
Paul took little consolation from the Suns’ remarkable season, ending their 11-year playoffs’ wait, as well as their 28-year drought to qualify for the NBA Finals, both coming in his first season for Phoenix since his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“For me it just means back to work. Back to work. Nothing more, nothing less,” Paul said.
“Ain’t no moral victories or whatnot. We sort of saw what it takes to get there and hopefully we see what it takes to get past that.”
Suns head coach Monty Williams lavished praise on Paul, who he said was a “generational player”.
“I just think it speaks to his greatness. He’s a generational player, I said that 11 years ago when I coached him in New Orleans,” he said.
“Everywhere he’s gone, the team has won. They have improved. He’s been close. He was an injury away from getting here before, but he along with Book, to lead a team that’s never been there to this point says a lot about their talent, their dedication, the will to win.”