Lionel Messi and Papu Gomez combined for an alley-oop slam reminiscent of Jrue Holiday and Giannis as Argentina’s locker room laughed.
Lionel Messi ended a 16-year trophy drought since his debut appearance for Argentina in 2005. La Pulga was the best player by the metrics as Argentina took home their 15th continental title in tournament history.
They sealed their win with a nervy final performance against the marauding Brazilians. Angel di Maria’s early goal gave them something to hang on to, as they held fort against Brazil’s attack.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks are en route a similarly impressive breakthrough. If they take Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, it’ll be their first championship in 50 years. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the last player to lead the Bucks to an NBA Finals win.
Lionel Messi and Papu Gomez recreate the iconic Game 5 alley-oop between Jrue Holiday and Giannis
Giannis has already got 2 all-time great NBA Finals highlights to his name. The first of these came late in Game 4 as he helped on Booker’s pick set by Deandre Ayton before blocking the latter’s alley-oop dunk setup by DBook.
The second highlight in question is possibly the greatest sequence in the Bucks’ franchise history. It came off a fast break with less than 20 seconds left in the game. This break was forced by the elite swiping hands of Jrue Holiday.
The Bucks’ defensive ace found the opportunity to put his hand in Devin Booker’s cookie jar in what could’ve been the Suns’ final possession of the game.
Jrue effected the steal and set off for the races down the left side of his frontcourt. He found Giannis running hard to the rim and threw up a lob that the Greak Freak finished delightfully. This play was all over social media, and it seems that Lionel Messi has chanced upon it.
The GOAT set up his own alley-oop with Argentina national team midfielder Papu Gomez rolling to the rim. The results were definitely worth watching as Gomez made good on a juicy oop from La Pulga.