Boston, Massachusetts 2021-07-18 00:05:48 –
Phoenix (AP) — Jrue Holiday has seized the opportunity to give Milwaukee Bucks a lead in the NBA Finals.
In fact, I took it from Devin Booker’s hands.
A holiday steal to Janice Adetokumpo for a dunk shoot and an Alley-oop pass sealed Wild Game 5 and let Bucks win Phoenix Suns 123-119 on Saturday night.
Antetokunpo had 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Khris Middleton added 29 points and Holiday scored 27 points and 13 assists.
Bucks got out of the 16-point early hole by flirting with the best-shooting night in the NBA Finals, but won two consecutive games with a large defense spray.
They will be able to win the first title since 1971 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
“One more, I’ll go one more,” said Antetokunpo. “We have to keep playing good basketball.”
Booker scored 40 points. This is his second consecutive 40-point game. However, as Sands rallyed and went down with 16 seconds remaining, he drove in the middle and Holiday stole the ball from his hand.
Antetokunpo sprinted to the right on the court, Holiday fired a perfect lob pass, and the Greek freak slammed him when Chris Paul fouled him to 122-119. Antetokunpo missed a free throw, but Bucks grabbed the rebound and Middleton made one free throw at the last point of the night.
In front of the defensive side, the story of Milwaukee’s attack. Bucks fired 32 out of 45 shots in the middle two quarters, surpassing Sands 79-53 during the stretch.
Milwaukee will be the first road team to win the series, and with another win, the second 2-0 comeback of the postseason will be completed, the fifth in NBA Finals history.
Paul finished with 21 points and 11 assists and Deandre Ayton with 20 points and 10 rebounds. However, Sands missed the chance to move within the limits of his first championship victory and would need a victory at the Fiserv Forum to return the series to the desert for Round 7 on Thursday night.
Milwaukee fired a 62.1% shot after three-quarters, threatening the Lakers to challenge the Lakers’ 62.5% mark in Game 3 of the 2009 final. The holiday basket was 108-94 with good Bucks and about 9 minutes left, but Sands put together a push in the last few minutes.
With less than three and a half minutes left, Sands scored three from Booker and Paul won the basket, cutting to 120-119 in 56 seconds. Holiday missed the jumper, but that wasn’t a problem after Bucks’ backcourt defense ace regained the jumper from Booker.
Maintaining a two-point lead in Game 4 wasn’t as spectacular as the block of Aitton’s dunk shot at Antetokunpo, but for the Bucks team, who made their first final appearance since 1974. It was important in every respect.
We got off to a bad start when Sands won the first two games, but things changed as the series moved. So is the name of the arena. On Friday, Sands announced a naming rights agreement to transform the Phoenix Suns Arena into a footprint center.
Whatever the name, the arena from Sands’ sensational start to the first quarter was so noisy that we couldn’t hear the PJ Tucker foul after the turnover to prevent withdrawal. Sands threw it at Booker. Booker threw a dunk when Antetokunpo sprinted and grabbed his arm.
Even if I didn’t get the basket, Sands didn’t slow down. Sands scored the next 7 points, opening a 32-16 lead with 3 points from the Mikal Bridges. Sands led 37-21 with 14 out of 19 (73.7%) in the first quarter.
However, Booker started second on the bench, Bucks opened with a spurt of 21-5, and Pat Connaughton’s three-pointer quickly tied at 42, leaving 7:48.
According to Elias, Milwaukee gave the break a 64-61 advantage, making him the second team in final history, leading by at least 15 in halftime.
Bucks: Milwaukee played without Thanasis Antetokompo. Janice’s brother was placed in the Health and Safety Protocol. Director Mike Budenholzer said that Bucks does not have all the staff for the same reason. … The Boston Celtics were the first team to lose more than 15 one-on-one in the 1957 final against the St. Louis Hawks.
Sands: Paul has 1,068 assists in the playoffs. He moved to 7th place on the career list ahead of Steve Nash and Larry Bird during the game. … Bridge scored 13 points.
James Williams was a game referee. He replaced Shaun Wright, who was placed in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol.
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