The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honour beating out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.
With a nation hanging on their every shot, Canada's only NBA team put the finishing touches to a remarkable 4-2 series upset that denied the Warriors a fourth championship in five years.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook joins NBA icon Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to post a triple-double of at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists.
The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled the 7-foot-1 O'Neal who is considered one of the greatest players in league history.
Stephen Curry scored 48 points, making 11 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Dallas Mavericks 119-114.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced that the NBA superstar LeBron James, who has already missed four games with a strained left groin, would miss at least three more before being re-evaluated.
In basketball action, Turkey's Anadolu Efes defeated Germany's Bayern Munich 92-77 in the 16th round of the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague regular season on Thursday night.
With Fenerbahce winning the 2017 EuroLeague title, Turkish fans are hopeful that the national team can emulate this famed club’s performance in the 40th edition of the tournament.
Fenerbahce beat Olympiacos 80-64 on Sunday, winning the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague basketball tournament for Turkey for the first time.
Fenerbahce loses 101-96 to CSKA Moscow at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague final.
Golden State Warriors' coach Steve Kerr was voted the 2015-16 Coach of the Year
Fenerbahce beat Real Madrid in third game of its best-of-five quarter-finals in Euroleague Final Four, aiming to be first Turkish team to win Europe's most prestigious cup in basketball
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