Antetokoumpo, Bucks trim Suns’ lead in NBA Finals

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 11: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and teammate Khris Middleton #22 give one another a excessive 5 throughout the first half in Sport Three of the NBA Finals towards the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Discussion board on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Justin Casterline/Getty Photographs/AFP

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds on Sunday to steer Milwaukee over Phoenix 120-100, reviving the Bucks’ possibilities to win their first NBA title in 50 years.

The 26-year-old Greek ahead joined Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 as the one gamers within the NBA Finals with back-to-back 40-point, 10-rebound performances.

Giannis joins Shaq. #ThatsGame

41 PTS, 13 REB for Giannis as MIL wins Sport 3 of the #NBAFinals introduced by YouTube TV.

— NBA (@NBA) July 12, 2021

Two-time NBA Most Worthwhile Participant Antetokounmpo, who had 42 factors and 12 rebounds in a game-two loss, sparked the Bucks to a victory that pulled them inside 2-1 within the best-of-seven championship sequence that continues Wednesday at Milwaukee.

“To offer ourselves a possibility to win this sequence, we’ve bought to remain aggressive,” Antetokounmpo stated. “It’s all going to be psychological from right here.”

Antetokounmpo hit 14-of-23 pictures from the ground and 13-of-17 from the free throw line to steer the Bucks to an important victory, as no workforce has ever rallied from 3-0 right down to win an NBA playoff sequence.

“We knew what kind of recreation it was going to be,” Antetokounmpo stated. “We knew we needed to play good basketball. I used to be making an attempt to be as aggressive as I might.”

🔥 Giannis TAKES OVER in Sport 3! 🔥

41 PTS

13 REB

14-23 FGM

13-17 FTM@Giannis_An34 joins @SHAQ as the one gamers in #NBAFinals historical past with back-to-back 40+ level, 10+ rebound video games, because the Bucks win Sport 3! #ThatsGame

Sport 4: Wed, 9 PM ET, ABC

— NBA (@NBA) July 12, 2021

SOUND ON to listen to Giannis after his 2nd-straight 40+ level recreation to steer the @Bucks to their 1st #NBAFinals win since 1974! #ThatsGame

Sport 4 – Wednesday, 9pm/et, ABC

— NBA (@NBA) July 12, 2021

Jrue Vacation added 21 factors and 9 assists whereas Khris Middleton had 18 factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists.

“I used to be making an attempt to drive and open issues up. I knew I needed to get Khris and Jrue concerned,” Antetokounmpo stated. “My teammates need me to be aggressive.”

The Bucks, internet hosting their first NBA Finals recreation in 47 years, improved to an NBA-best 8-1 at house within the playoffs by beating the Suns, who had been a playoffs-best 6-2 on the highway.

“We knew what we needed to do. We knew what this recreation meant to us, to the town,” Vacation stated. “It was about us popping out exhausting and having the ability to execute.”

The Bucks gained their solely NBA crown in 1971 whereas the Suns search the primary title of their 53-year workforce historical past.

Vacation went 8-of-14 after struggling within the first two video games, Antetokounmpo drawing defenders to ease his outdoors taking pictures efforts.

“It’s superior. Pulling down pictures, it simply fuels us and offers us power,” Vacation stated. “We’re going to maintain feeding it to him. We’ve got to remain assured and knock down the pictures.”

Suns guard Chris Paul, within the first NBA Finals of his 16-year profession at age 36, scored 19 factors to steer Phoenix.

Bahamas massive man Deandre Ayton scored 16 of his 18 factors within the first half. Jae Crowder added 18 for the Suns.

Phoenix guard Devin Booker missed seven of his first eight pictures and went 3-of-14 from the ground, 1-of-7 from 3-point vary, in scoring solely 10 factors.

Key momentum swing

Phoenix grabbed a 36-30 lead, however the Bucks responded with a 20-6 spurt, Antetokounmpo scoring 9 factors to prepared the ground, in seizing a 50-42 edge.

Milwaukee closed the primary half on a 10-0 run, Bobby Portis hitting a dunk and 3-pointer within the streak for a 60-45 Bucks half-time benefit.

The Suns started the third quarter by hitting 9-of-10 pictures from the ground and pulled inside 74-70, with Cam Johnson scoring 10 factors and Crowder hitting three 3-pointers.

However Milwaukee battled again, scoring the ultimate 16 factors of the third quarter to seize a 98-76 lead getting into the fourth quarter.

Antetokounmpo, who had 18 factors within the first half, scored 16 within the third quarter whereas Vacation added 12.

“I felt just like the momentum was going their means earlier than that,” Vacation stated. “I bought the momentum going again on our aspect.”

The Bucks held the Suns at bay within the fourth quarter, guaranteeing a fifth recreation Saturday at Phoenix.


Bucks retaining it mild whereas Suns hungry in NBA Finals

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