Giannis Antetokounmpo powers the Milwaukee Bucks to victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals
By Tyrese Gough
Giannis Antetokounmpo behind a dominant performance for the Milwaukee Bucks, as a 40 point, 13 rebound and 6 assists game helped lead his team to a 120-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Thus, edging the series to pull within a 2-1 lead for the Suns, setting up for an exciting game 4 of the series back at home for the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo at the full front of the limelight, as he joins Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in the NBA Finals history to break the record of back-to-back games with 40 points and 10 rebounds. Antetokounmpo is also the first player to score 40 plus points in back-to-back NBA Finals since Lebron James, 41 points in game 5 and game 6 of the 2016 Finals.
Game 3 started with a high scoring opening affair, as by the end of the first quarter, the Suns lead the Bucks by 28-25. Deandre Ayton of the Suns had 12 points to lead Phoenix whilst Antetokounmpo had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Bucks. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday had a combined 12 points for the Bucks. Both teams were on ropes for a cagey affair.
By the second quarter, the Bucks lead the Suns by 60-45 with Antetokounmpo filling the scoring board. The power forward had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Middleton was a solid contributor with 15 points. Ayton led the Suns with 16 points whilst Phoenix Suns star man Devin Booker, had a tough first half shooting just 2-11 from the floor and struggled from the 3-point line. Both teams had a shaky first half, but the Bucks always looked in control.
The Bucks led the Suns 98-76 through Antetokounmpo’s 34 points and Holiday’s 19 points. The Suns fought back late on in the third quarter but missed out on Ayton’s presence as the big guy, who sat out most of the third quarter with four fouls to his name.
The thriller game 3 proved too difficult for Suns to handle, as the Bucks dominated from the start to finish. With a 120-100 victory over the suns in game 3 of the NBA Finals behind an inspiring Antetokounmpo’s performance. The Suns never got going and young star Booker struggled all night, going just 3-14 from the floor. The Greek Machine in Antetokounmpo, made NBA Finals history in which now the Bucks hold momentum going into a blockbuster game 4, being played on home soil for the Bucks.