Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks pounded Phoenix 120-100, cutting the Suns’ lead to 2-1 in the NBA Finals
The first NBA Finals game in Milwaukee since 1974 went to the home team in a romp, with Antetokounmpo and the bigger Bucks overwhelming the smallish Suns to the tune of a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points.
“We knew what type of game it was going to be,” Antetokounmpo said. “We knew we had to come here, play good basketball and compete as hard as possible.”
Antetokounmpo, who missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals because of a hyperextended left knee and was no sure thing to even be ready to start this series, followed up his 42-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 2 by doing it all again.
Back in front of his own fans and free of the loud counts he’s been hearing on the road, Antetokounmpo went 13 of 17 at the line.
Giannis is one of two players (Shaq) in NBA history to have 40+ points and 10+ rebounds in back-to-back Finals games.
Giannis last two games:
42 PTS | 12 REB | 4 AST | 15/22 FG
41 PTS | 13 REB | 6 AST | 14/23 FG pic.twitter.com/FyjLQ4Hm6R
— Overtime (@overtime) July 12, 2021
Milwakee must win game 4 is Wednesday night, with the series guaranteed to go back to Phoenix afterward.