‘DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS’: CJ McCollum & Others React to Milwaukee Bucks Trouncing Over Phoenix Suns in NBA Finals Game 5

Published 07/17/2021, 11:56 PM EDT
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts to control the ball as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) defends in the first half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA Finals were knotted up at 2-2 until game 5 came about and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled off another win. After being down 2-0 before they came back home, the Bucks pulled off miracle after miracle by winning two consecutive games to tie the series. And now, with their third win against the Phoenix Suns, they have left them behind and taken one step closer to winning the NBA championship. In fact, the NBA fraternity also can’t help but react to their big rally back.

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Milwaukee Bucks take an unexpected lead

Once the Phoenix Suns had taken a two-game lead, analysts and fans had made up their minds as to who will end up with the 2020-21 title. However, the Bucks proved everyone wrong and dominated Game 3 by 20 points to steal a win. Then came game 4, in which they trailed almost throughout but fought back in the fourth quarter to snatch another victory from the Suns.

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With the game tied, the stakes rose. On one hand, the Bucks are hoping to recreate history by winning a championship for the first time since 1971. Whereas, the Suns are dreaming of landing their first NBA title ever. But it seems like Milwaukee is closer to fulfilling their aspirations after winning Game 5.

This game was nothing less than a roller coaster, either. In all the quarters, one team was more dominant. In fact, both teams had three main scorers taking them forward but it seems like once the Bucks took a 10 point lead after the first half, there was no turning back. It was game over at 123-119 and here is what the rest of the NBA has to say about it.

 

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Can Phoenix Suns take this to Game 7?

Unlike Game 4, in which Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton did most of the work, there was an excellent contribution from Jrue Holiday. Given, Jrue hasn’t been very consistent but he finished the night with 27 points and 13 assists. Along with him, Giannis and Middleton combined for 61 points.

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) passes the ball in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns, with a 40 point performance, but that wasn’t enough. Other than him, only DeAndre Ayton and Jae Crowder made some decent contributions. Despite being behind in double digits in the first quarter itself, the Bucks did a great job in doing damage control quickly and taking the lead. After that, they didn’t lose it at all.

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This is the first win on the road of this series. With that, the Bucks will be hoping to send the Suns packing after Game 6. But after the way the Suns have played throughout the season, they can pull off a win that can end in a tie and take them to Game 7. Do you want this to stretch too? Or would you rather the Bucks finish them off?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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