Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo was downright monstrous tonight as he set his franchise record for scoring in an NBA Finals game with 42 points.
Yet, the Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Mikal Bridges stole the show when they combined for 81 points that led them to a 2-0 lead in the series and a 118-105 victory in Game 2.
Here's a gist of how it all unfolded...
The Bucks had one aim in mind when they started off, to tie the series and do damage control. So, Giannis Antetokounmpo started off with that in mind as he went for a transition dunk and then a put-back dunk, early in the game
The Bucks were going with attacking the paint as 22 of their first 25 shots came inside the three-point line. Whereas the Suns took the three-point approach as 8 of their 14 shots came from the deep. They had two each from Devin Booker, Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges.
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The Suns were keeping it close but the Bucks finished the first quarter with a 29-26 lead. Their momentum from here continued in the second quarter as Khris Middleton joined forces with Brook Lopez for a lob that helped them keep their dominance in the paint.
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Chris Paul started off quiet but got everyone's attention second quarter onwards. Sounds familiar? He did the same in their last game. It was his assertiveness that helped Phoenix take control of the game and snatch the Bucks' lead.
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By halftime, the Suns 9-point deficit had become an 11-point lead. With 4 of their players dropping threes left and right, their percentage from the deep was 45.8%. Mikal Bridges became their star, leading the way with 13 points. Just look at how the Suns find their way despite such tight defense!
The Suns had taken a comfortable 15-point lead at one time in the third quarter so Giannis got riled up and pushed back. He scored 13 straight points to cut the Suns' lead down to single digits. He finished with 20 points in the third, which is the most scored in a quarter in the finals since Michael Jordan in 1993.
Booker wasn't just going to stand there and lead the Bucks to take over again. So, he started dropping buckets again to get their double-digit lead back. With 7 threes, Devin had 31 points on the board. The Suns coasted from there and won 118-105.