Phoenix Suns made it 2-0 and got a little closer to its first NBA title by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-108 in a game marked by the offensive constancy of Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges and the enormous difference in the triples. The extraordinary performance of Giannis Antetokounmpo, with 42 points, and the superiority in the rebound were not enough for the Wisconsin team, which lacked alternatives and success in attack.
Booker, with seven triples and 31 points, was unstoppable for the Bucks defense. Tucker couldn’t stop him. Neither could the Bucks beat Chris Paul, who scored 23 points, and Bridges, who added 27. The Suns were very accurate on the triples, with 20 hits on 40 pitches. The Bucks, on the other hand, only scored 9 of the 31 they pitched.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s offensive aggressiveness was not enough for the Bucks, who spent the game trying to iron out the deficit they accumulated on the scoreboard from the second quarter. The Suns came to open a gap of 15 points (63-48). The Bucks came within seven, six, up to five points (93-88) after an explosive third quarter from Antetokounmpo in which he scored 20 points. No one has achieved a similar figure since Michael Jordan scored 23 in a game in the 1993 finals precisely also against the Suns. The Arizona team always reacted thanks to their offensive resources and kept their rival at bay, who missed a greater contribution from Khris Middleton, who only scored 11 points with very bad percentages, and from Jrue Holiday, also lacking in accuracy. even though he contributed 17 points and 7 assists.
The Suns could not count on Saric, injured in the first game and towards the end of the third quarter they also lost the contest of Torrey Craig, injured in the right knee after a collision with Antetokounmpo. The Arizona team may be without two of its best bench men for the remainder of the final.
Phoenix, 118; Milwaukee, 108 (2-0)
Phoenix: Chris Paul (23), Booker (31), Bridges (27), Crowder (11), Ayton (10) -starting team-; Kaminsky (0), Craig (6), C. Johnson (8) and Payne (2).
Milwaukee: Holiday (17), Middleton (11), Tucker (7), Antetokounmpo (42), Brook Lopez (8) -starting team-; Connaughton (14), Teague (4), Forbes (3) and Portis (0).
Partial: 26-29, 30-16, 32-33 and 30-30.
Phoenix Suns Arena. 16,583 spectators.
Sunday July 11, early Monday (2.00): Milwaukee – Phoenix
Wednesday July 14, early Thursday (3.00): Milwaukee – Phoenix
* Saturday, July 17, Sunday morning (3.00): Phoenix – Milwaukee
* Tuesday, July 20, Wednesday morning (3.00): Milwaukees – Phoenix
* Thursday, July 22, early Friday morning (3.00): Phoenix – Milwaukee
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