Milwaukee Bucks stage thrilling late fightback to beat Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of NBA Finals and tie series at 2-2 as Khris Middleton shines with 40-point haul
- Best-of-seven Finals series now tied at 2-2 after latest Milwaukee Bucks victory
- They rallied from nine points behind in last quarter to win Game 4 by 109-103
- Middleton was Bucks’ star turn with 40 points, six rebounds and four assists
- Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists
- Devin Booker finished on 42 points for the Suns but didn’t receive back-up
- Game 5 takes place in Phoenix on Saturday with series again in the balance
The Milwaukee Bucks rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2 in front their own elated fans at Fiserv Forum.
The teams were tied at the half but small forward Khris Middleton pushed the Bucks over the top, tallying 40 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Milwaukee had looked in deep trouble after losing the opening two games of the series in Phoenix but never counted themselves out.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (centre) celebrates with Khris Middleton (left) and Pat Connaughton (right) after the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the final quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns
Middleton (right) scored 40 points in Game 4 to haul the best-of-seven series level at 2-2
There were contrasting fortunes for Antetokounmpo (left) and Devin Booker (right), whose 42 points for the Suns top scored but couldn’t avert defeat
‘Just staying strong, staying with it,’ Middleton said. ‘Telling myself you’re always in the game no matter what the score until that clock runs out.’
Giannis Antetokounmpo did not match his plus-40 points efforts from the previous two games but still came up big for the Bucks with 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Suns guard Devin Booker had 42 points but got little backup from his team-mates, none of whom were able to crack double-digits in the first half.
Jrus Holiday leaps to score for the Bucks as they completed a fourth quarter turnaround
Middleton ended the night with 40 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Bucks’ win
Antetokounmpo rebounds the ball during a tense Game 4 that levelled the series at 2-2
Jae Crowder of the Suns shows his frustration in the second half as their lead ebbed away
Point guard Chris Paul struggled from the start and only managed to put up two points in the first half and 10 total, a far cry from his 32-points performance in the series opener.
The series now shifts back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday and Middleton said the Bucks had to take the momentum with them.
‘Whatever we’re doing here, we’ve got to find a way to do it there,’ he said.
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