The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks faced off each other for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
With a series lead in Game 1, the Suns aimed to take another win while the Bucks looked to even up the series.
However, the Suns once again dominated the Bucks in Game 2.
The Suns took a 118-108 lead over the Bucks to take the win.
With the win, the Suns now take a 2-0 series lead over the Bucks.
Devin Booker led the Suns followed by Mikal Bridges. In addition, all the Bucks’ starters scored in double figures.
On the other hand, Former two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, scoring game-high points.
The Bucks took the lead in the first quarter.
Giannis Antetokounmpo started the first quarter, dropping a layup and the Bucks took a two-point lead afterward.
Jae Crowder answered with a bucket from behind a three-point line.
Giannis answered right back with a dunk on the other end. Subsequently, blocked Chris Paul while Paul tried a jump shot.
Jrue Holiday then added a layup and Khris Middleton came up with a jumper on the next possession.
Subsequently, Mikal Bridges answered with a three-pointer.
Antetokounmpo then knocked down a dunk on Middleton’s miss.
Devin Booker made a bucket from behind the three-point line and P.J Tucker answered back with a three-pointer.
SUNS 🔥 ALERT
8 1st quarter triples for Phoenix.. the #NBAFinals record for a quarter is 9.
— NBA (@NBA) July 9, 2021
They were 21-12 with under five minutes left in the quarter.
Chris Paul dropped a jumper and Cameron Johnson added a bucket from behind a three-point line.
The Phoenix Suns trailed the Milwaukee Bucks by four-point with 1:27 remaining in the quarter.
Subsequently, Pat Connaughton dropped a three-pointer.
The quarter ended 29-26 with the Bucks taking a three-point lead over the Suns.
The Suns make a comeback in the second quarter.
Going down by three points in the first quarter, the Suns make a comeback.
Cameron Payne started the second quarter, dropping a layup and Bryn Forbes answered back with a three-pointer on Tucker’s pass.
Subsequently, Paul dropped a layup, and Mikal Bridges added a jumper on the next Suns’ possession.
Middleton found Brook Lopez under the rim for a dunk.
Booker came up with a three-pointer shot and missed but eventually grabbed the offensive rebound and found Johnson.
Johnson subsequently knocked down a three-pointer and the Suns took the lead.
Jrue Holiday came up with a block over Booker. However, Johnson recovered the ball and found Ayton, who knocked down a dunk.
Antetokounmpo tried a three-pointer but missed and Lopez grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked down a dunk next.
Connaughton added a three-pointer on the next Bucks’ possession.
Booker answered back, knocking down a three-pointer.
The Bucks tied with the Suns at 41-41 with under five minutes left in the quarter.
Crowder came up with a corner three-pointer and the Suns took six points lead.
Chris Paul added another bucket, knocking down a jumper. Antetokounmpo answered back with a layup on the other end.
Mikal Bridges knocked down a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo came up with a jumper.
Booker answered back with a fadeaway jumper. Subsequently, Ayton dropped a dunk in the final few seconds of the quarter.
The Suns take the lead in the third quarter.
Jrue Holiday knocked down a three-pointer starting the third quarter for the Bucks.
Booker came up with a three-pointer back-to-back. While Antetokounmpo knocked down a jumper on the other end.
Subsequently, he also knocked down a three-pointer, cutting the lead to 10 points. He then made a hook shot on the next possession.
Paul knocked down a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo answered back, knocking down a layup.
Middleton knocked down a three-pointer halfway into the quarter.
Paul answered back with a three-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer.
Antetokounmpo rejected Paul on the other end and Connaughton came up with a corner three-pointer.
Booker answered, knocking down a three-pointer. Antetokounmpo came up with a jumper.
Middleton nailed a three-pointer with under two minutes remaining in the quarter.
Paul dropped a jumper with about 49 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The quarter ended 78-68 with the Suns taking 10 points lead.
The Suns extend the series lead.
They were 80-88 with the Suns in the lead about a minute into the quarter.
Chris Paul drew a foul while knocking down a jumper and Antetokounmpo answered back with a jumper.
Booker came up with a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo came up with a block on Bridges’ shot.
Giannis DENIAL & Brook OOP. pic.twitter.com/5FonV4605c
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Jrue Holiday found Brook Lopez for a bucket. While Booker came up with a three-pointer on the other end.
He added another bucket from behind the three-point arc. Ayton dropped a bucket on Paul’s pass.
Holiday answered with a jumper on the other end. He added a jumper and drew foul simultaneously.
They were 103-97 with 4:16 remaining in the quarter and the Bucks trailing the Suns by 6 points.
Paul knocked down a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo knocked down a layup.
— NBA (@NBA) July 9, 2021
Connaughton added a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo knocked down a dunk on the next possession.
The quarter ended 118-108 with the Suns taking the final lead over the Bucks and taking the win back-to-back.
Devin Booker led the Suns, scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. He knocked down 7 three-pointers as the Suns made a franchise-record on three-pointers with 20 three-pointers.
“I’m running in, trying to crash. They go in every single time, so I’m just running at this point,” said Mikal Bridges on Devin Booker.
Mikal Bridges dropped 27 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. He scored career-high with 27 points.
“The most impressive part is, he’s always guarding the dynamic scorer on the other team,” said Devin Booker about Mikal Bridges.
While Chris Paul added 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.
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Jae Crowder recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 assists.
Deandre Ayton also made a double-double, dropping 10 points and 11 rebounds along with 4 assists.
With that, all the Suns’ starters scored in double-figures.
Cameron Johnson led the Suns’ bench, scoring 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, dropping a game-high 42 points and 12 rebounds double-double along with 4 assists.
“We’ve been here before,” said Giannis on the Bucks loss to the Suns.
Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 20 points in the third quarter tonight is the most in an NBA Finals quarter since Michael Jordan on June 16, 1993 (22 points in 2Q).
Jrue Holiday dropped 17 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
While Khris Middleton came up with 11 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds.
On the other hand, Pat Connaughton led the Bucks’ bench with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist.
The Milwaukee Bucks face the Phoenix Suns for Game 3 on Sunday at Bucks’ home ground in Milwaukee.