Once again, the man in the middle for the Bucks was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 41 points, being by far the best player on the court. The Greek Freak was unstoppable, hitting 14 shots from the field in 23 attempts. He also had 13 boards and six assists.
The Suns’ players complained about the officiating criteria because Giannis had 17 free throws, one more than their entire crew. The rest of the Bucks crew had nine.
Milwaukee broke the guests in the late part of the first half, with a 16-3 run that would see them leaving for a break with a 15- point lead, 70-55. The Bucks had one more run near the end of the third quarter, this one 24-6, and that was the moment when they finally broke the guests from Arizona, clinching a very important triumph.
If it weren’t for tonight’s win, we are free to say that the title would end up in Phoenix. But now, things are a bit different.
Jrue Holiday played well, scoring five threes and 21 points, adding nine assists and five boards, all that in 40 minutes. He managed to slow down Chris Paul a little bit, which turned out to be the biggest reason why the Suns’ defense wasn’t as sharp as usual.
Kris Middleton added 18 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis scored 11 each.
Pau had a team-high 19 points and nine assists. Jae Crowder scored 6 threes for all of his 18 points, while Deandre Ayton ended the night with the same number of buckets and nine boards. Cameron Johnson had 14 off the bench.
Devin Booker played arguably the worst game of the entire playoffs, him having just 10 points, with three field goals in 14 attempts, one from downtown in seven shots. Without his offensive contribution, the Suns struggled to keep up the tempo with the Bucks, and they would easily give up this game.
Phoenix was terrible from downtown with only nine successful shots in 31 tries, while on the other side, hosts shot 14-for-36. The Bucks also controlled the glass with 47 boards, eleven more than the rivals.
Game 4 of the Finals is set for this Tuesday night.