For the first time in this postseason, the Phoenix Suns have their backs set firmly on the ropes and face a challenge that will defy if the team is worthy of a championship.
After losing Game 3 and 4 on the road, everyone knew the Suns would come out hard for Game 5 and throw down the first punch when the series swung back to their home turf. They did just that, overwhelming the Bucks with a brilliant first quarter. They shot 14 of 19 from the field, forced the Bucks into six turnovers, and took a 16-point lead. But in the second quarter, the Bucks came out on fire and hit nine of their first ten shots. By the time the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, the Bucks had seized the lead and outscored the Suns 43-29.
It looked like the Bucks couldn’t miss a shot for most of the night as Milwaukee had a 14-point lead in the last quarter. But the Suns rallied back and stripped that lead down to 1 with less than a minute to go. After two free-throw misses from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker was able to grab the rebound and looked to finish the game with a midrange shot. But the Bucks had other plans when Jrue Holiday ripped the ball from Booker and ended the play with Giannis slamming down an incredible alley-oop (pictured).
Booker led all scorers on the night with a game-high 40 points, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Giannis, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday combined for 88 points to lead Milwaukee to victory and bring their franchise one step closer to its first championship in 50 years.
It’s win or go home for the Suns on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Catch you Thursday.