With the incredible contribution of 40 points of Khris middleton, Milwaukee Bucks achieved their second consecutive victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, 109-103, and tied the series corresponding to the NBA Finals 2-2.
In a last quarter of infarction, Middleton achieved the decisive baskets and Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points and 14 rebounds) improvised a dazzling plug to neutralize the big star of the night for the Suns, Devin Booker, who closed his roster with 42 points.
With both teams winning their home games, the Finals will return to Phoenix this Saturday for the fifth confrontation, which will help one of the franchises take the lead.
The Bucks gritted their teeth for the most even game to date in the tie, which had arbitration controversy and a Devin Booker exhibit.
At 24, the bodyguard became the player with the most points scored in the first playoffs of his career (542), beating so far leaders Rick Barry (521 points) and Julius Erving (518).
Giannis Antetokounmpo cap on DeAndre Ayton. AFP photo.
“My 42 points don’t matter at all. The main objective is to win the game, what happens in the game does not matter “, stressed the player.
And I add: “It is very hard when you can’t win a game at this point in the season. “
Without aim from the outside (7-29 in triples in the game), the Bucks tried to impose their physical domain in the zone with Antetokounmpo as the spearhead.
The two-time MVP award winner was less dominant in attack, compared to the previous two games, in which he surpassed 40 points, although he was vital in defensive work with three robberies and two plugs.
The Greek placed a huge lid DeAndre Ayton as the young Suns center attempted a dunk to tie the score with 1 minute 16 seconds left.
“To be honest, I thought he was going to crush me. In the end of the game you have to do whatever to win the game, “Antetokounmpo said.
The base Jrue Holiday He was shipwrecked again in attack (13 points on 4-20 shooting), but he was a tireless shadow for Chris Paul, who played his worst game of his first Finals.
The veteran point guard stayed at 10 points and committed 4 of the 17 losses ball of the Suns, one of them key in the final stretch of the clash.
“It is my responsibility. It was bad decision making,” said Paul, who remarked that he must “take care of the ball”.
For their part, the Bucks re-tied a tie after a 2-0 deficit, just as they did in the conference semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets.
With information from AFP.