The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns faced off each other for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
With two wins under their belt, the Suns looked for another win in Game 3.
However, the Bucks had other plans as they came out strong in the game and ultimately took the win.
The Bucks defeated the Suns 120-100, cutting the series lead to 2-1 on Sunday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, scoring game-high points and the Bucks player came up with a better performance to support Giannis.
As four other Bucks players scored in double-figures besides Giannis.
On the other hand, Chris Paul led the Suns. Despite five Suns players scoring in double figures, none of the players reached 20 points.
The Bucks’ strong first half gave them a comfortable win over the Suns.
The Suns took the lead in the first quarter.
Jrue Holiday started the first quarter with a three-pointer for the Bucks. While Deandre Ayton came up with a layup on the other end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo found Brook Lopez for a layup, adding another bucket for the Bucks.
Chris Paul then answered back with a jumper and Antetokounmpo dropped Jrue Holiday’s miss.
Subsequently, Paul knocked down a jumper and the Suns tied the game at 10-10 with 7:24 remaining in the quarter.
Khris Middleton came up with a jumper on the other end and Ayton answered back, knocking down a dunk on Paul’s pass.
Deandre Ayton in the 1st quarter:
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The game tied once again Middleton dropped a three-pointer and the Bucks take the lead.
However, the Suns came up with back-to-back buckets and took the lead over the Bucks halfway into the quarter.
Antetokounmpo then answered back with a two-handed dunk.
The Suns were 18-19 as Ayton knocked down a jumper over Giannis with 4:07 remaining in the quarter.
Middleton then came up with a pull-up jumper, giving the Bucks the lead.
Booker then knocked down a long three-pointer on the other end and Jae Crowder added another three-pointer.
The Suns took a five-point lead with under two minutes left to play in the quarter.
Eventually, the quarter ended 28-25 with the Suns taking the lead in the first quarter.
The Bucks make a comeback in the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Bucks tied the game, and then Giannis tipped off Bobby Portis‘s miss, giving the Bucks the lead.
Paul dropped a jump shot over Antetokounmpo, which tied the game once again.
Cameron Payne knocked a floater and the Suns took six points lead.
Brook Lopez answered back, dropping a dunk on Jrue Holiday’s pass. Middleton made another bucket, knocking down a three-pointer.
Paul dropped a long jumper and the Suns took a three-point lead. P.J Tucker found Giannis for a dunk after Lopez missed a shot.
Antetokounmpo drew a foul while dropping a hook shot. The Bucks were 44-38 halfway into the quarter.
Subsequently, Devin Booker knocked down a three-pointer and Paul found Frank Kaminsky for a layup on the next possession.
Jrue dropped a jumper and also found Tucker under the rim for a layup. Antetokounmpo added a layup.
While Cameron drove to the rim and dropped a layup and also drew a foul in the process.
Tucker knocked down a corner three-pointer on Jrue’s pass. Jrue then blocked Booker from behind and found Middleton for a pass.
Bobby Portis dropped a dunk on Holiday’s pass in transition. Eventually, he added a three-pointer on the next possession.
The quarter ended 60-45 with the Bucks taking 15 points lead over the Suns.
The Bucks continue to dominate in the third quarter.
Booker started the third quarter, dropping a long jumper. While Giannis drove past Mikal Bridges and dropped a layup on the other end.
Crowder knocked down a three-pointer and Giannis answered back, knocking down a dunk.
Cameron Johnson drove straight to the rim and knocked down a dunk over Tucker.
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He added another bucket, dropping a layup on the next possession.
Crowder blocked Tucker, knocking the ball out of bounds. Eventually, Bridges picked up the ball and knocked down a dunk on the other end.
Subsequently, Jrue Holiday answered back, dropping a three-pointer. Johnson dropped a three-pointer on the other side.
They were 77-71 with 4:31 remaining in the quarter as Holiday knocked down a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down.
Paul drove straight to the rim and dropped a layup. Crowder added another bucket, dropping a three-pointer.
Jrue knocked down a three-pointer with under two minutes left to play in the quarter.
Antetokounmpo drew a foul while knocking down a jumper. Subsequently, Pat Connaughton knocked down a three-pointer with 1.6 remaining in the third quarter.
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Hence, the Bucks dominated the quarter till the end, ending 99-76 and taking 23 points lead.
The Bucks took the lead and cut the series lead.
Connaughton found Antetokounmpo under the rim while Antetokounmpo dropped a dunk.
Crowder answered back, knocking down a three-pointer. Paul then added a jumper on the next possession.
Lopez knocked down a three-pointer and Payne answered back with a layup on the other end.
Antetokounmpo knocked down a dunk and Paul dropped a three-pointer on Payne’s pass.
Subsequently, Middleton knocked down a three-pointer and the Bucks took a 20-point lead about halfway into the quarter.
They were 113-92 as Kavinsky dropped a floater with 4:06 remaining in the quarter.
Jrue Holiday then answered back, dropping a layup. Kavinsky then came up with a dunk on the other end.
The quarter ended 120-100 with the Bucks taking the win and cutting the Suns series lead to 2-1.
Now the Bucks and the Suns meet each other again on Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, scoring a game-high 41 points and 13 rebounds double-double along with 6 assists.
“We got better from Game 1 to Game 2, and we got better from Game 2 to Game 3,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Game 3 win.
With this performance, he became just the second player ever to record 40-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in consecutive NBA Finals games.
Following Giannis, Jrue Holiday dropped 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Khris Middleton made 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Similarly, Brook Lopez dropped 11 points and 2 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Bobby Portis led the Bucks bench, scoring 11 points and 8 rebounds.
On the other hand, Chris Paul led the Suns, scoring 19 points and 9 assists.
While Deandre Ayton dropped 18 points and 9 rebounds. Likewise, Jae Crowder had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist.
Devin Booker made 10 points, 2 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Cameron Johnson led the Suns’ bench, scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds.