N.B.A. Finals Booker Leads Suns Over Bucks in Game 2

Every Suns player touched the ball as it moved from Chris Paul through Devin Booker and on to Deandre Ayton for the game-winning basket.

N.B.A. Finals Booker Leads Suns Over Bucks in Game 2

The Bucks, who relied on one player for much of the series, couldn’t have dreamed up the beautiful 10-pass sequence that the Warriors ran.

N.B.A. Finals Booker Leads Suns Over Bucks in Game 2

After the playoffs, “I think that was the most pumped I’ve been,” Booker remarked.

Picture how he’ll feel if his team wins its next two games.

Suns 118, Bucks 108: With 31 points from Booker and 23 from Paul, the Suns clinched a 2-0 series lead on Thursday night.

Nothing has ever come between the Suns and an NBA championship. Considering their coach told them earlier in the year that they had the league’s saddest starting unit, they’ve done very well.

We did, and we want to Continue doing it,” Paul Declared.

The Suns were 20 for 40 from beyond the arc thanks to Booker’s performance. In the game, Mikal Bridges had 27 points and Paul had 8 dimes.

The Suns took a late first-half lead, held off Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks’ valiant comeback attempt, and ultimately won, this time to the delight of the home crowd waving orange rally towels.

After missing two games with a hyperextended left knee, Antetokounmpo exploded for 42 points and 12 rebounds in his return.

It wasn’t until the Suns won Game 1 of the NBA Finals by a score of 118-105 that any team had even led in the series. The only other times they made it this far was in 1976 and 1993, and in both series they lost the opening two games and couldn’t come back to win more than two.

Milwaukee, which will host the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974, has already clinched two and will attempt for a hat trick on Sunday.

Antetokounpo stated, “We know what the deal is.” There’s a need to return to one’s homeland for the sake of defending it.

Although he shot worse (7 for 21) and played more aggressively (17 points), Jrue Holiday improved his performance from Game 1. Khris Middleton shot 5 for 16 from the field, increasing the pressure on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injured left leg.

In total, it means that the Bucks face a 2-0 disadvantage for the second time in these playoffs. They won the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets with some aid when star players James Harden and Kyrie Irving went down with injuries.

Now they must contend with a Suns club that has talent spread throughout the roster and displayed that talent in the series’ most beautiful play.

For the Final Basket of the First Half,

They swished the ball around the rim. The ball was passed from Paul to Booker to Jae Crowder to Bridges, then from Crowder to Paul, and finally back to Crowder and Bridges. Finally, with 14.9 seconds remaining, he passed it in for a layup by Ayton, who was fouled but still managed to score and give his team a 56-45 lead going into halftime.

Only in their wildest imaginations could the Bucks hope to have that many men on their team. More than twice as many of Milwaukee’s players (15) scored field goals as Antetokounmpo (seven).

After a slow start to the third, Phoenix jumped out to a 65-50 lead, but the Bucks were able to hang around thanks to Antetokounmpo’s performance. He had the first 20-point quarter in a Finals game since Michael Jordan against the Suns in 1993, when he scored 20 of the Bucks’ 33 points.

“At this point, nothing Giannis does shocks me. Bucks guard Pat Connaughton remarked, “There’s a reason he’s called Freak.”

As his coach put it, “I will say it is unbelievable what he has been able to achieve, and it hasn’t happened without time he’s put in to get himself ready, make his body better, and continue to do the things that he does to be a two-time MVP.”

Despite Milwaukee Cutting the Lead to Six Late in the Fourth

Paul’s three-pointer and Bridges’ score immediately restored a double-digit advantage for the Blazers.

For the quarter, Milwaukee outscored Phoenix 20-0 in the paint, but eight of Phoenix’s nine points came from outside the arc, and the Suns trailed by just two points, 29-26.

During a relatively incident-free period, only two fouls were called, both of which were on the Suns. While has happened in Bucks’ road games during the playoffs, Antetokounmpo took the only two free throws, made the first, and then shot an air ball on the second as supporters resumed counting.

The score was knotted at 41 with five minutes left in the half, but a decisive offensive and defensive push by the Suns put the game out of reach. They won by a score of 15-4, with Antetokounmpo scoring all four Bucks points.

During a timeout, he yelled at the top of his lungs to get his teammates pumped up, but he still couldn’t score. Bucks shot an abysmal 6/25 in the quarter, missing 10 of their 12 3-point attempts.