LeBron James is in the front row for this decisive Game 5 of the Finals and the Suns start strong. Jae Crowder enters his first 3-pointers, and Chris Paul decides to attack Jrue Holiday. The leader of the Bucks quickly takes two faults, and while Jae Crowder continues, Phoenix starts the meeting in the best possible way.
Jrue Holiday has to come out, Devin Booker can attack Pat Connaughton in isolation, and Jeff Teague’s entry hurts quite a bit in Milwaukee, who is overwhelmed by the skill of the Arizona players.
After a quarter-time, Monty Williams’ men lead 37-21, 14/19 shooting including 5/6 from distance!
The problem is that this general address seems to have the Phoenix role players intoxicated. The Suns’ skill crumbles as Devin Booker sits surprisingly long on the bench, and the gap melts.
Le show Jrue Holiday
Opposite, Pat Connaughton connects the 3-points and if Bobby Portis is sometimes rough, his energy is good. Above all, Jrue Holiday is on display. Weighed down by faults at the start of the match, he scored 14 points in the only second quarter, and here is Milwaukee who returned the match to take the advantage (61-64) at the break.
Giannis Antetokounmpo sticks out his tongue and struggles to put his usual intensity, but the Suns rely almost exclusively on the talent of Devin Booker, who goes one-on-one. It lacks collective dynamics on the side of Phoenix, with a Chris Paul who still seems embarrassed by his wrist. The leader makes an effort not to lose the ball, but he clearly struggles to make differences on his dribble.
Clumsy at the start of the meeting, Khris Middleton begins to put his shots, and as Jrue Holiday continues his festival, the Bucks took control in this meeting. Cam Johnson scores a welcome 3-point, but Milwaukee remains at +10 (90-100) after three quarters. And the Suns are in great danger …
The Suns are sticking together at a small point
After this canonical first quarter of Phoenix, the Bucks come to dominate the next two 79-53.
But Monty Williams recalls that his team’s entire season is at stake, so Devin Booker continues to attack PJ Tucker, who is already taking his fifth foul, and Mikal Bridges continues to return his shots.
Chris Paul imitates him and Mike Budenholzer calls a time-out (100-108) with the Suns who have no intention of giving up. Mikal Bridges punishes again at 3-points and after a complicated shot from Chris Paul on Giannis Antetokounmpo, there are only two possessions left (107-113) while we are in the last five minutes.
It was then Khris Middleton who took matters in hand for Milwaukee by making several complicated baskets. The Bucks keep their hands on the game, as Devin Booker tears himself down to bring his team back.
The Suns are only three points (117-120) and Giannis Antetokounmpo misses his two free throws. Chris Paul even got his team back together at a short length (119-120) in the last minute. The Bucks appear to be scuttled as Devin Booker recovers the rebound from a Jrue Holiday misfire. There are 30 seconds left on the clock and the Suns have a ball to get past!
The decisive interception and the alley-oop in stride
Except that the back of the Suns is stopped in the racket of Milwaukee, and Jrue Holiday comes to snatch the ball from his hands. Symbol of his huge match, the action continues for the leader of the Bucks, who sends Giannis Antetokounmpo to the alley-oop with the fault of Chris Paul! Worse for Phoenix, the “Greek Freak” misses his shot but recovers the offensive rebound, and Khris Middleton returns one of the two throws to protect his team!
Milwaukee therefore wins (119-123) behind the performance of his “Big Three”: 32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo; 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists from Khris Middleton; 27 points and 13 assists from Jrue Holiday. Opposite, Devin Booker (40 points) will still have carried his offensively but it is the Bucks who are one victory away from the title (3-2). With the opportunity to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy on their home turf on Tuesday.