Talk about a nail biter in Phoenix, now that is what I call basketball. Milwaukee takes Game 5 123-119 and take a 3-2 lead. The Suns were up early in the first quarter and got off to a great start 37-21, but the Bucks stormed back in the second quarter 43-24 and were up at the half by three. Jrue Holiday was aggressive defensively and kept CP3 contained. The Suns got it down to a one point deficit when Holiday came up with a big steal and Giannis threw it down and got the foul. They have won three games in a row, which include stealing a game on the road. The Suns haven’t been down in a series since being down 2-1 against the LA Lakers in the first round. This Bucks team is now in a position to win their first title since 1971. Coincidentally both teams shot 87 field goals, the Suns made 48 and Milwaukee 50. Also Phoenix was 68.4% from the three and the the Bucks shot 50%.
Leading scorer for one of the big three was Giannis Antetokounmpo with 32 points on 14 of 23 shooting, nine boards, and six dimes. Khris Middleton finished with 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting, seven rebounds, and five assists. Jrue Holiday coming in clutch with a double-double finishing with 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting, four boards, 13 dimes, three take aways, and one block also shooting 50% from the three point line. Pat Connaughton contributed 14 points and six rebounds off of the bench.
Devin Booker had back to back 40 plus games in a losing effort, finishing with 40 points on 17 of 33 shooting, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block, he was 50% from the three and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. CP3 though he had a slow start in the first half finished with a double-double scoring 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting, 3 of 3 from the three point line, two boards, 11 assists, and one block. Deandre Ayton also finished with a double-double tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and steal, and two blocks, he was also 6 of six from the stripe. Mikal Bridges totaled 13 points, four boards, one dime, and two steals. Lastly, Jae Crowder contributed 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Milwaukee is where they want to be and the Suns are in a must win situation. We all know that the close out game is the hardest to win because the other team is desperate for a win. The Bucks have a chance to win on their home floor in Game 6, but the Suns will be out for blood to force a Game 7 and take it back to the Valley of the Sun. The longer the series goes the better the competition. This is the best of the East and the best of the West. Only one can win, this should be a spectacular Game 6 and I am itching to see the outcome.
“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!