The Fiserv Forum was left shaking following a roller coaster of a game that puts Bucks level in the NBA Finals. The series, now in a whole different direction and dimension, will head back to Phoenix for Game 5.
Bucks 109-103 Suns
Much like the trend so far, Phoenix edged past Bucks in the first quarter as both sides tussled to find a rhythm. The relatively low scoring quarter ended 23-20 in favour of the visitors.
The Bucks displayed much better performance in the second quarter and managed to overturn the slender deficit. The scores were level as the teams headed into the break.
It was the Suns’ turn to retort back, and they did so by taking a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter had all sorts of things in store which began when Devin Booker committed his fifth foul of the night. Coach Monty Williams opted to take him off right at the beginning of the final quarter.
The playoff debutant had been the Suns’ driving force for the night. Following just four points in the first quarter, the player stepped up in the second and third quarters, ultimately ending up with 42 points.
A nine-point lead was in the bag for the Suns when Booker took off, but the tide of the game soon changed. When Booker returned back to the court, the lead was cut to just three points after Khris Middleton nailed a layup.
Luck still favoured the Suns as Booker should have ideally been ejected, right after two minutes of his re-entry, following a foul on Jrue Holiday, but the officials failed to spot it.
Game 5 was headed for a thrilling contest with the Bucks cutting down the deficit to just one. A turnover by Chris Paul after a slip and yet another mind-boggling block by Giannis Antetokounmpo in the penultimate minute, all paved the game towards the Bucks’ corner.
Giannis made an athletic effort to prevent a basket from an alley-oop. The Greek Freak matched Deandre Ayton in the paint and thwarted his effort inches away from the hoop.
Khris Middleton was the saviour for the hosts with a 40-point display. He makes a strong return following his poor outing in Game 2 of the finals.
Devin Booker set the record for most points scored in playoffs debut with his stunning display. However, the rest of the squad did not have a memorable outing. Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul could only muster 6 and 10 points respectively.