After going 2-0 down in the NBA Finals to the Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks have responded impressively, following three tremendous victories making it now 2-3 in favor of Bucks.
They did great in the first quarter of Game Five, the Bucks was down by 16 but they managed to catch up and beat the Suns in their home court.
The Suns also managed to comeback on the last minute of the 4th quarter cutting the lead to three points, but they fell short due to the clutch plays from Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo scored 32 points, Middleton racked up 29 points, and Holiday scored 27, including the exclamation point alley-oop play from Holiday and Antetokounmpo. Making the final score 123-119 in favor of Bucks.
Game Six will definitely be worth to watch.
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Cleverly recalibrating his game plan, the determined and respected Bucks coach, Budenholzer, drew praise from forward Bobby Portis after the win, which serves as a testament to how highly he’s regarded. “Coach Bud has done a great job with me all season long in the film room. He just stays on me,” Portis said.
“We all need coaches like that to push us. He doesn’t want you to get comfortable. He wants the best out of his guys. Every possession matters and Coach Bud stays on us about it: taking care of the basketball, rotating on defense, low man being there and all being connected on the floor talking and communicating.
“All those things just help me be a better basketball player, and I credit him and his staff for that.”
Another key talking point from the game was Giannis’ spectacular block to deny Deandre Ayton, which then allowed the Bucks to regain possession and grab the lead at the other end.
Coming up big when it mattered, all the momentum has shifted to the Bucks heading into a crucial stage of the series.
With Middleton and Giannis in sterling form, they even became only the third set of teammates along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with the Cleveland Cavaliers to each score 40 or more points in games in the same NBA Finals, as per ESPN research.
Despite their upturn in fortunes, the bookies still have the Suns as favourites to be champions at $1.72, slightly ahead of the Bucks at $2.20, in a series that will be decided by fine margins.
Watching how the series pans out from here will be unmissable, for everything is at stake as the Playoffs near their completion.
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