Milwaukee Bucks overturned a 2-0 deficit and are now only win away from winning their first championship in 50 years. Bucks prevailed in a close contest in Phoenix and will play Game 6 in front of their home crowd in Fiserv Forum.
Suns 119-123 Bucks
The Suns rallied to take a commanding lead in the first quarter in front of their fans. They led as much as by 16 points to close out the quarter. Starting the game out has been a concerning issue for the Bucks. They have only managed to lead once at the end of the first quarter across five games played so far.
In typical Bucks fashion, they started the second quarter with a flurry. With Giannis rested, the Eastern Conference Champions got the scores level with a 21-5 run. Giannis returned back onto the court midway through the quarter and the Bucks flourished even more.
They scored 43 points in the second quarter as compared to Suns’ 24. The Bucks led at half-time by 3 points.
But the onslaught had no pause as Bucks kept on the pressure with potent offense and shooting. Devin Booker notched 14 points in the third quarter, but still, the Bucks were able to stretch the lead to double digits by the time the fourth quarter arrived.
Phoenix Suns made a desperate effort to cut down the deficit right from the word go, in the final quarter. The Suns made the fixture into a one-point game on the back of a succession of threes from Mikal Bridges, Chris Paul and Devin Booker, with the latter scoring a mind-numbing basket from range.
With only over a minute left in the game, it turned into a three-point game. But the Bucks managed to hold on. In the dying stages of the game, Booker attempted to score a basket to narrow the scores even more, but it lead to a turnover. Jrue Holiday took over the possession of the ball and the Bucks completed an alley-oop with Giannis being at the other end of it.
The Greek Freak was able to win a foul as well while making the clutch dunk. He went on to miss the free throw, but the Bucks did just enough to secure their third straight win in the finals.
Giannis top-scored for the Bucks with 32 points and even led in rebounds. Khris Middleton had 29 points to his name as well. Jrue Holiday played a crucial role in the win by posting 27 points and 13 assists.
Devin Booker‘s 40-point game once again ended in a loss. Chris Paul made his presence felt with some crucial late shots, but he was far from his best despite his 21 points and 11 assists.