Phoenix Suns have established a commanding 2-0 lead in the ongoing NBA Finals and will head to Milwaukee to play the next two games.
Suns 118-108 Bucks
Suns set the court ablaze to start off the contest with their pinpoint accuracy from long range. They netted eight three-pointers in the first 12 minutes itself, but the Bucks’ thumping prowess in the paint meant that there were three points separating the two sides after the first quarter.
Bucks’ shooting took a turn for a worse in the second quarter with the Suns scoring nearly double to walk away with a valuable 11 point lead at half-time.
Antetokounmpo waged a lone battle and stepped a gear by scoring 20 points in the third quarter, and became the first player since Michael Jordan to do so, who achieved the feat back in 1993.
The Greek Freak ensured that the contest turned into an eight-point game in the fourth quarter. The Bucks kept on closing in with a sensational 7-0 run, but the Suns coasted to safety after a three from Chris Paul and did not look back.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and registered 12 rebounds, but it was all in vain as he lacked support from his teammates. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, who had done a splendid job in the absence of Giannis during the end of the conference finals, had a rough evening by only scoring 12 for 37 from the field (32%).
It was a united display for the Suns again, who dazzled the court with their distance shooting and ball movement. They managed to set a new franchise record by posting 20 three-pointers.
Devin Booker top-scored for the Suns with 31 points while Mikal Bridges and Chris Paul chipped in with 27 and 23 points respectively. Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton secured over 10 rebounds to cap off a well-rounded display that gives them a solid 2-0 lead.
The Bucks will have to pull up their socks and give the support that Giannis deserves to make any sort of a statement in the finals.