The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t have much success in the first two games at Phoenix. Now, they hope playing in front of their own fans at Fiserv Forum will help ignite a spark as they try to climb out of a 2-0 NBA Finals hole. The Bucks will look to improve to 8-1 at home this postseason when they host the Suns in Game 3 Sunday night. With three quarters of play in the books, it is the Bucks who have gotten out to a sizable lead over the Suns as we enter the final 12 minutes of action in Milwaukee.
Phoenix took Game 2 118-108, thanks to a full team effort, especially from its starting lineup. Every starter scored in double figures, led by Devin Booker (31), Mikal Bridges (27) and Chris Paul (23). The Suns also shot a staggering 20 of 40 from beyond the arc, outscoring the Bucks (9 of 31) by 33 points on 3-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee with 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting (68 percent), while the rest of the team provided 66 points on just 38 percent shooting. One positive for the Bucks heading into Sunday’s contest: Teams with a 2-0 lead in the Finals are 14-21 all-time in Game 3, including 11-19 on the road.
For more on the NBA Finals, we’ve got you covered with an in-depth look at the Suns-Bucks matchup as well as a look back at the round-by-round playoff schedule, a breakdown of our expert predictions for both the NBA Finals round and the entire postseason. Follow below for all the real-time updates throughout Game 3 between Phoenix and Milwaukee.
Giannis made some history tonight by becoming just the third player ever to have back-to-back 40-point games in the NBA Finals. The other two players were Shaq and LeBron James. Not bad company for Giannis.
Giannis is the 3rd player in NBA Finals history with 40 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back games, joining LeBron James in 2016 and Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.