A fired-up James scored eight of the Lakers' 12 points in the extra session, draining a pair of three-pointers for the win in his return from a one-game ban as his team fell to the Knicks.
Antetokounmpo scored 47 points and Khris Middleton grabbed a slice of Milwaukee franchise history as the NBA champion Bucks beat Lakers 109-102 on Wednesday
The Bucks were the first NBA champions to visit the White House in nearly five years, ending a Donald Trump-era hiatus.
After receiving their rings, raising a banner and watching a highlight video of their first NBA championship since 1971, the Bucks defeated the team that nearly eliminated them in the second round of the playoffs.
Milwaukee will try to become the first NBA champion from the Eastern Conference to repeat since James led Miami to titles in 2012 and 2013 as the league aims for its first full 82-game per club campaign since 2018-19
Brooklyn, Philadelphia finished ahead of Milwaukee in the regular season, but the Bucks ousted the Nets in the second round and went on to win their first NBA title in 50 years.
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An ESPN survey of 10 NBA executives and scouts was evenly split between US Olympic hero Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo held his son, 1-year-old Liam, atop a bus as fans along the route chanted "MVP!" Later, he shot a basketball into the crowd.
The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was an easy choice for the MVP honour after collecting 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 105-98 Game 6 victory over Phoenix. He had at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in three of the six games in this series.
Milwaukee Bucks, leading the Best of 7 series 3-2, can win their first NBA title since 1971 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo jumps, Phoenix Suns rise but LeBron James, LA Lakers top merchandise sales
The NBA and its players union announced that four-time NBA champion James led jersey sales and his 2020 NBA champion Lakers were still the hottest money spinner in merchandise sales.
Middleton scored 40 points, including 10 straight for the Milwaukee Bucks down the stretch to send them past the Phoenix Suns, 109-103 on Wednesday night to tie the series 2-2.
The 26-year-old Greek forward scored 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to spark the Bucks, who pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-seven championship series ahead of game four Wednesday at Milwaukee.
NBA Finals: Bucks, Suns, Chris Paul set for title decider after long waits; uncertainty over Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bucks, Suns came into the NBA together in 1968 and between them have managed to win one championship. They've combined for only one trip to the finals since the mid-1970s.
Khris Middleton scored 32 points, including a run of 16 straight in a decisive third quarter that carried the Bucks to a 118-107 victory over the upstart Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night.
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss playoff clash against Atlanta Hawks after injuring knee
Antetokounmpo, who suffered a hyperextended left knee during the Bucks defeat to Atlanta on Tuesday, had initially been listed as doubtful for game five in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo was attempting to block a dunk attempt by Atlanta’s Clint Capela when he landed awkwardly.