Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks storm past Phoenix Suns in Game 5, take 3-2 Finals lead


Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 32 factors and 9 rebounds to gas the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a dramatic 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Recreation 5 of the NBA Finals.

Khris Middleton added 29 factors for the Bucks, who shot a blistering 57.5 per cent from the ground to win their third straight recreation and take a 3-2 lead within the best-of-seven collection.

Milwaukee can clinch their second NBA title in franchise historical past and first since 1971 after they returns dwelling for Recreation 6 on Tuesday evening, dwell on Sky Sports activities Fundamental Occasion and Area from 1:45am.

Milwaukee Bucks

Factors Rebounds Assists
Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 9 6
PJ Tucker 3 1 1
Brook Lopez 9 6 0
Khris Middleton 29 7 5
Jrue Vacation 27 4 13

Jrue Vacation had his finest efficiency of the Finals with 27 factors and 13 assists to bounce again from a dismal 4-for-20 efficiency from the ground in Recreation 4.

He additionally had a key steal of Devin Booker in direction of the top of the fourth quarter to thwart a late Phoenix comeback bid, earlier than throwing an audacious lob that the colossal Antetokounmpo emphatically transformed.

The Bucks overcame an early 16-point deficit by erupting for 43 factors within the second quarter and holding a three-point lead at half-time, a bonus they maintained the remainder of the way in which.

In reality, Milwaukee grew to become the second crew in NBA Finals historical past to steer at half-time after trailing by as many as 15 factors after the primary quarter. The Boston Celtics beforehand achieved the feat within the 1957 Finals in opposition to the St Louis Hawks.

Phoenix Suns

Factors Rebounds Assists
Jae Crowder 10 5 3
Mikal Bridges 13 4 1
Deandre Ayton 20 10 1
Devin Booker 40 4 3
Chris Paul 21 2 11

Booker scored 40 factors in a shedding effort, marking the fourth time he reached the 40-point plateau in his first postseason. Chris Paul completed with 21 factors and 11 assists whereas Deandre Ayton had 20 factors and 10 rebounds for Phoenix.

The Suns trimmed a 10-point deficit to start the fourth quarter down to 3 after Booker drained a three-pointer.

Antetokounmpo missed each free-throw makes an attempt on the following possession and Paul made a driving layup to trim Milwaukee’s result in 120-119 with 56.6 seconds remaining.

Vacation then stripped the ball from Booker for the second time on the evening and arrange Antetokounmpo for an alley-oop with 13.5 seconds to play. Antetokounmpo missed the following free throw, however Giannis tapped again the offensive rebound and Milwaukee regained possession. Phoenix promptly fouled Middleton, who made one among two makes an attempt to make it a two-possession recreation.

The Suns had been scorching sizzling proper out of the gate, making 14 of 19 photographs from the ground and 5 of 6 from three-point vary to grab a 37-21 lead after the primary quarter.

The Bucks countered with a 29-12 run to begin the second quarter. Bobby Portis capped the surge with a three-pointer to offer Milwaukee a 50-49 lead. That second body run proved key for the Bucks, they usually now stand only one recreation away from glory.


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