The Milwaukee Bucks must be absolutely relieved with their performance in Game 3. The way they protected their home court helped them avoid a 3-0 hole that would have been impossible to climb out of.
Their 12-110 victory only gives them hope that they can tie the series again at home in Game 4.
But before that, let's rewind and look at they pulled it off.
Despite losing Game 2, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed terrific dominance. And he continued with that momentum from the get-go in Game 3, making his presence evident in the paint and on the glass.
For the Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul took charge of the offense. He flawlessly executed the pick and roll, scored on jumpers, and fed DeAndre Ayton to drop buckets.
Unlike his poor outing of just 10 points in the entire Game 2, Khris Middleton alone added 11 points early in the first quarter which helped the Bucks in getting a much-needed lead.
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The opening half was all about Giannis, who made his impact in the second quarter with unstoppable plays. He had 18 points in this quarter alone and the Bucks were on a 20-6 run. They finished the first half with a 60-45 lead.
The Suns were trailing by 13 points when they got a jolt of energy from Cameron Johnson. His poster dunk stole the show and acted as a catalyst that reduced the double-digit deficit to single digits.
The Suns might have made an effort to catch up with the Bucks, but the Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo duo were too much for them to handle. Jrue showered threes, finishing with 12 points in the third quarter, while Giannis added 15.
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The Bucks were able to stretch their halftime 15-point lead to 21 points at one point in the fourth quarter. They were able to smoothly finish the game with a victory as Giannis ended the night with 41 points.