NBA Finals Update: The Phoenix Suns now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals after scoring a 118-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2
If Milwaukee is going to claim its first NBA title in 50 years it will have to claw out of an 0-2 hole after Phoenix won Game 2 118-108 Thursday night.
The Bucks were unable to hold off Devin Booker and the Suns. The Finals series shifts to Milwaukee on Sunday night, where the Bucks are looking to get a much-needed win at home
Giannis Antetokounmpo was more than up to the challenge. The two-time NBA MVP scored 42 points, including 19 in the third quarter. It was the most he’s scored in a single quarter in his playoff history and his total points were also the most he’s put up in a playoff game, topping the 41 he had in the 2019 first round against Detroit.
However, Milwaukee’s other two stars — Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday — struggled offensively. They were just 12-for-37 from the field and combined for 28 points. Middleton had just 11 points, his fewest in a playoff game since the first round of the 2020 postseason. Phoenix was actually 13 points better than the Bucks when Middleton was on the floor. Holiday, meanwhile, is now shooting 31.4% through the first two games.
The Bucks are now facing an 0-2 hole for a second time in these playoffs. They were able to erase that against Brooklyn in the second round to become just the 30th team in playoff history to come back after going down two games to start a series. They’ll look to start that process again when Game 3 tips on Sunday night in Milwaukee.
"I just love the way Giannis talks to his teammates. He's a great leader." pic.twitter.com/zWMPos8ZUp
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 9, 2021