On Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 119-123 away to move within a whisker of glory. After losing the first two games, they now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and only one win separates them from their first NBA title since 1971.
Ironically, the game could not have started any worse for the Bucks. For the first few minutes they were overwhelmed by a relentless Suns who, led by an inspired Devin Booker (40 points, four rebounds and three assists), took the first quarter 37-21.
However, the Bucks dusted themselves off and overcame a 16-point deficit with a memorable second quarter that they led 24-43. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the team’s top star, contributing 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
“We’ve got to keep playing good basketball”, he said after the game ended.
The visitors maintained that intense pace and also took the second quarter 29-36. Khris Middleton complemented Antetokounmpo’s performance in a big way providing 29 points 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
In the last quarter, the home team regained control of the game and took the final quarter 29-23, but it was not enough.
The Bucks will now have a priceless opportunity to seal the title at home in Game 6, which will take place this Wednesday at 08:00 a.m. (Bangkok time).