Coming into this game the Bucks tied up the series 2 - 2 with their last win in game 4.
In games 3 and 4, the Bucks were a 4.5 favorite on their home court but this game being back in Phoenix’s house the Suns were the favorite here but by 4 points.
This game had it all so sit back and relax while I recap this beast of a game.
Quarter one gets going and right out the gate Jrue Holiday makes the first 2 points for the bucks in the first 15 seconds but the next points from either team didn't come for almost 2 minutes after which were from 2 free throws by Deandre Ayton.
For about the next 4 minutes of the quarter, the Suns outscored the Bucks 23 to 14 and at the 4-minute mark on the clock the Suns were up 27 to 16 getting an early double-digit lead and for the last 2 minutes of the quarter, the Suns outscored the Bucks 10 to 5 and ended the quarter with a big 16 point lead. But as we know, no lead is comfortable in the NBA especially that early.
The second quarter begins and the Bucks make their first 3 buckets going on a quick 6 to 0 run right in the first two minutes which was broken by a 3 pointer by Chris paul but after that made 3 the Bucks went on another run this time a quick 10 to 0 run so for the first 4 minutes of the second quarter the Bucks went ham and went on a 16 to 3 run just like that and at the 8-minute mark on the clock the lead went from 16 points to just 3 for the Suns.
From that moment all the way to the end of that first half both teams pretty much went bucket for bucket but the Bucks scored 27 to the Suns 21 in those last 8 minutes of the half and the Bucks now went into halftime with the lead by 3 points with the score of 64 to 61. Amazing.
The second half of the game starts and Devin Booker comes out scoring the first 2 bucket in the first 2 minutes but was met with 2 made 3 pointers by the Bucks 1 by Middleton and one by Lopez. Crazy thing is when Booker made that 2nd shot, from then on both teams literally went bucket for bucket back to back making the next 4 shots each making 8 straight shots combined with no stoppages or anything. Crazy.
Then between the 8-minute mark to the 5-minute mark, the Bucks once again went on a quick run this time an 11 to 4 run and for the last 5 minutes both teams stayed even scoring 11 points each to end the quarter and the Bucks now have the double-digit lead of 12 points going into the last quarter
The 4th and final quarter gets underway and in the first 2 minutes both Giannis and Devin Booker make 2 field goals each to get things going but between the 10-minute mark on the clock ALL the way down to about the 2 and a half minute mark the Suns started chipping away at the bucks lead and went on an 18-13 run.
BUT the guy who always makes the shot for the Bucks to completely mess up the opposing team's mojo did just that and Krispy Mids Kris Middleton made a super clutch 3 pointer right under the 2 and a half minute mark on the clock.
But the Suns being the resilient team they are went on a very quick 7 to 0 point run in just one minute and brought the Bucks to lead just to one point with the score of 120-119.
Then in the last 30 seconds, things got crazy and the Bucks had possession of the ball and Jrue Holiday went for a layup but missed and the Suns got the rebound and brought the ball up court but then we saw Devin Booker drive-in but get stipped by Jrue Holiday who started a fast break and threw up a very high ally oop to nonother than Giannis who was able to jump high enough to grab the ball and slam it through and when he did Chris Paul foolishly fouled him while he was in the air and the shot became an and-1 play.
At that point, the score was 122 to 119.
Giannis went to the free-throw line where he has been horrible all postseason and of course, he missed another free throw. But he missed so badly that the ball bounced off the rim so hard that it bounced far back enough for Giannis to secure the rebound by tapping it back to Middleton.
And with 9 seconds left the Suns fouled Middleton to send him to the line where he only made 1 of the 2 free throws but it still put them up by 4 and the Suns took the last shot after a quick time out but missed and the game comes to an end with the Bucks taking the upset win in front of the stunned Phoenix crowd.
The leading scorers of this game were Giannis for the Bucks with 32, but Kris Middleton also scored 29 and Jrue Holiday also dropped 27 himself, for the Suns Devin Booker once again had himself a 40 point game giving him 3 of them now in this series alone, Chris paul also had 21 points and Deandre Ayton also dropped 20.
As crazy and as unexpected as it, the Bucks are now lead this series 3 to 2 and are now only 1 win away from a championship!
The next game which is game 6 takes place in Milwaukee and im curious as to what the odds will be there. But regardless you know the bucks want nothing more than to win on their home court and we have to watch and see if that happens.
Hope you guys enjoyed the read as always