Milwaukee Bucks made a scathing statement with their performance in Game 3 to imply that the series is far from over. The Bucks were at their ruthless best in front of their ardent fans at the Fiserv Forum.
Bucks 120-100 Suns
After suffering two comprehensive losses, the Bucks had to be at their best on their home turf to stay alive in the series.
Suns etched a slender three-point lead after the first quarter with Deandre Ayton starting the game on a bright note.
Bucks turned the heat in the second quarter and scored twice what the Suns could manage in the time frame. On the bank of an impressive 22-7 run towards the end, the Bucks walked into half-time with a massive 15 point lead.
The hosts continued their charge heading into the third quarter as well. They managed to stretch the lead to a commanding 22 points ahead of the final quarter.
A pair of three-pointers by Jrue Holiday sealed the contest in Bucks’ favour in the end. The Milwaukee guards stepped up tonight unlike their dismal outing in Game 2.
Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton combined for 39 points in the contest. However, the spotlight shone brightly on Giannis Antetokounmpo, who slammed 41 points for the win. He also led his team in rebounds with 13 to his name. Free-throw shooting was also prolific, and the absence of the raucous countdown from the crowd may have been a factor.
The Greek Freak replicated his outing from Game 2, where he had scored 42 points. The two-time MVP became only the third player after Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal to record successive 40 plus points games in the NBA Finals.
It was a bleak evening offensively for the Suns. No player scored over 20 points for the Western Conference Champions. The trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, who were responsible for 82 points collectively in Game 2, could only muster a third of that at the Fiserv Forum.
Chris Paul top scored with 19 points while Devin Booker could only post 10 points on the court.