WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo Blocks DeAndre Ayton and Seals the Victory for Milwaukee Bucks in NBA Finals Game 4

Published 07/15/2021, 12:13 AM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves to the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA Finals 2021 saw Game 4 as its greatest and the closest battle as both the teams kept playing cat and mouse. The decisive quarter saw huge defensive play from Giannis Antetokounmpo, a lucky call in favour of Devin Booker, and Khris Middleton cashing it in the clutch time. 

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The Bucks came on top of the game with a massive 33-21 final quarter leading to a 109-103 win. However, the final scoreline can not speak about the quick turnarounds and the crusial moments the game witnessed in the closing minute.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo saved the Bucks with one massive play

With close to five minutes remaining in the game, the Suns were 95-90 ahead of the Bucks. But a layup from Pat Connaughton tilted momentum on the Bucks’ end. That gameplay followed by a nasty DeAndre Ayton block on a Bobby Bucket layup attempt and a series of missed opportunities. However, Pat’s long range shooting again brought the Bucks back into the game.

With under 75 seconds for the expiry of the game clock, DeAndre Ayton tried a layup to equalise the score at 101. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo came in like an Usain Bolt possessed inside of him and blocked the shot to force a transition. That shot changed everything and the Suns could score just 4 points beyond that point.

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The Greek Freak and his unending power moves against the Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks outperformed the Suns in terms of fewer turnovers, more steals, many more free throws, and a greater discipline. The visitors had 17 turnovers as opposed to the Bucks’ five and eight fewer made FTs. As a result, the Suns threw heaps and heaps of mud on Devin Booker’s record-setting playoff performance

Surely, the credit goes to Khris Middleton for his 40-point night, but it was Giannis who impacted from every parameter. The Freak was a monster from the defensive end with 3 steals and 2 blocks to his name. Take a look at this steal slam from the 2x MVP –

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Even with a controversial decision that went into Book’s favor as he clearly held Jrue Holiday in a layup sequence, the Suns could do only so much with only one man trying everything. Now, the series stands at 2-2 and the NBA Finals are back with a sureshot six games for the fans to enjoy. Who do you think will take the Game 5? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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