PHOENIX — Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 123-119 in Game 5 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. The victory on Saturday was the third successive for the Bucks who had lost the first two games on the road.
Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 14 of 23 from the field to finish with 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists to lead the way for Milwaukee. Jrue Holiday helped to setup the win on the road after he steal and alley-oop pass to Antetokounmpo for a dunk eventually sealed the contest.
“Obviously we know what the deal is. Its one game away from being the NBA champ,” said Antetokounmpo, whose postgame press conference was delayed because he was dehydrated.
Khris Middleton added 29 points with seven rebounds and five assists, while Holiday contributed 27 points and 13 assists for the Bucks who are now one win away from claiming their first title since 1971.
Took it right out of Devin Booker paced the way for the Suns with a game-high 40 points. With the Suns rallying at home and down by one point with 16 seconds left, Booker drove into the middle but had the ball wrestled out of his hands by Holiday.
“I was just trying to score the ball, he was behind me,” Booker said. ”I turned and he was right there.”
“Giannis took off and he was calling for the ball,” Holiday said. “At that point, I just threw it as high as I could and only where Giannis could go get it.”
Chris Paul ended with 21 points and 11 assists, Deandre Ayton added 20 points and 10 boards and Mikal Bridges scored 13 points in the defeat for Phoenix, which will try to avoid losing four straight and eventually the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got to win one game to put them back on the plane. Thats it,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. ”And you have to have that determination that youre willing to do whatever it takes to put them back on the plane.”
The Bucks who shot 57.5 percent from the floor were made to work early but managed to shoot their way out of an early 16-point hole before making a huge defensive play for the second straight game to secure the victory.