Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks closed the gap this Sunday in the NBA Finals (1-2) by beating the Phoenix Suns (120-100).
Antetokounmpo, who in the second game gave a recital with 42 points, gave a new monumental performance and this time added 41 points (14 of 23 shooting), 13 rebounds and 6 assists.
For the Suns, Chris Paul had 19 points (8 of 14 shooting) and 9 assists.
The Suns clearly dominated both of their home games, but on their first outing to Milwaukee (USA) they offered an uneven and uninspired version.
The best example of this was a misguided Devin Booker who could only achieve 10 points (3 of 14 shooting), 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
In front of them, the Bucks did know how to collectively accompany Antetokounmpo on this occasion.
Noted for their poor contribution in Game 2, Jrue Holiday (21 points and 9 assists) and Khris Middleton (18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) stepped up tonight.
Also highlighted was Bobby Portis, one of the heroes of the Milwaukee fans who had 11 points and 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes on the court.
The Bucks imposed their defense during much of the duel, had a better aim from the triple (39% against 29% of the Suns), controlled the rebound (47 for 36) and built their first victory in these Finals from a great second quarter (35-17).
The Game 4 of the Finals between the Bucks and Suns will be played on Wednesday also in Milwaukee.