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38-point Game 6 lifts Mikey Williams to Finals MVP honors

Mikey Williams is now a two-time Finals MVP. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Mikey Williams took over for TNT when the team needed it the most.

With the PBA Governors' Cup championship at his team's grasp, the spitfire combo guard came alive, dropping 26 in the first half alone just to keep them in step with Ginebra in Game 6 of the finals on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While Rondae Hollis-Jefferson continued Williams' job in the second half, the latter delivered the deciding shot for the Tropang Giga, an off-the-glass three-pointer with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter to give them a 95-93 lead.

Although he botched two clutch free throws, they would still prevail over the Gin Kings to capture the title.

Williams' explosion in the title clincher turned out to be enough for him to capture the Honda-PBA Press Corps Finals Most Valuable Player award.

His hot scoring, one of the best single-game performances by a local in PBA Finals history, catapulted him to a 22.0 point-per-game average along with 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks a night throughout six games.

This is the 31-year-old scorer's second Finals MVP plum in his career, following up on his stellar performance in the 2021 Philippine Cup Finals in Bacolor, Pampanga.

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