NBA Finals: Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges inspire Phoenix Suns in Game 2 win, 2-0 lead over Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a historic 42 point, 12 rebound performance but it was not enough as the Phoenix Suns took Game 2, 118 – 108, to go 2-0 up in the NBA Finals.

Devin Booker hit seven of his team’s postseason-franchise-record 20 three-pointers while scoring 31 points as the Suns overcame a playoff-career-best performance by Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo.

The Phoenix Suns came out on top in Game 2 but what an incredible performance from Giannis.

42 PTS
20 PTS in 3RD Q (most in a Finals quarter since MJ)
15-22 (68% FG)
12 REB

Just nine days on from his knee injury. Unbelievable.

Seeking the first NBA title in their 53-year history, the Suns will hit the road as the scene shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Wednesday night, both live on Sky Sports.

En route to the eighth win in 10 home games this postseason, the Suns grabbed an 11-point half-time lead and kept the Bucks at arm’s length throughout the final 24 minutes.

Devin. Armani. Booker. 🔥

Milwaukee got as close as 93-88 after a Brook Lopez layup with 8:45 to play, but Deandre Ayton turned a Chris Paul assist into a layup and Booker bombed in a three-pointer to quickly extend the margin into double figures again.


Booker connected on another three-pointer to make it a 13-point lead, but the Bucks would not go away. Jrue Holiday and Antetokounmpo did all the scoring in a 7-0 burst that got Milwaukee back within 103-97 with 5:15 to go, but this time it was Paul who hit the rally-killing hoop, a three-pointer that pushed the advantage back to nine.

The Bucks, who also fell behind the Brooklyn Nets 2-0 on the road before winning the Eastern Conference semi-final series in seven games, never got closer than eight in the final four minutes.

Make that 7 threes and 31 points for Booker…

Booker’s 31 points came on 12-for-25 shooting overall and 7-for-12 from three-point range.

With Paul, Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder hitting three three-pointers apiece, the Suns went 20-for-40 from beyond the arc, outscoring the Bucks 60-27 from deep.

Phoenix Suns

Bridges finished with 27 points – a new playoff career-high – while hitting all eight of his free throws and hauling down seven rebounds.

Paul followed a dominant Game 1 performance with 23 points for the Suns, who overcame 18 Bucks offensive boards and 23-14 disparity in free-throw attempts to gain their third straight 2-0 advantage in the postseason.

Crowder (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Ayton (10 points, 11 rebounds) made it five Suns starters with double-figure points.

Antetokounmpo, who also found time for a game-high 12 rebounds, scored 20 of his 42 points in the third quarter and 30 in the second half. It was not enough for a team that was outshot 48.9 per cent to 45.2 per cent from the field.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's 20 third-quarter points tonight are the most in an NBA Finals quarter since Michael Jordan on June 16, 1993 (22 points in 2Q).

The 42 points were one more than his previous postseason-high, which he set in the first round in 2019 at Detroit.

Holiday totalled 17 points, Pat Connaughton 14 and Khris Middleton 11 for the Bucks, who have gone 7-1 at home in the postseason.

Milwaukee Bucks

Seeking to avoid the type of start that saw them never hold a lead over the final 40 minutes of Game 1, the Bucks led by as many as nine in the first half Thursday before eventually getting buried in a barrage of Suns three-pointers.

Phoenix had 11 in the first half – matching its number of two-pointers. Crowder and Bridges each hit a trey a 15-4 run over the final 4:39 of the second quarter that turned a 41-all tie into a 56-45 advantage.

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