NBA Finals: 3 takeaways from Bucks-Suns Game 5 – The Bucks Big 3 finally delivered a complete game
At last, each star of the Milwaukee Bucks’ well-respected trio had an efficient, outstanding performance on Saturday night. It took all three stars to have massive contributions to come out with a much-deserved, crucial victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo solidified his stance as the Finals MVP favorite by dropping 32 points, nine rebounds, and six assists on 60.9 percent field goals
- Khris Middleton was clutch down the stretch yet again while posting 29 points, seven rebounds, and five assists on 52.2 percent shooting
- Jrue Holiday shrugged off past offensive struggles by recording an impressive 27 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, and three steals on 60.0 percent field goals while consistently disrupting superstar point guard Chris Paul defensively
It was an incredible effort from Milwaukee’s ‘Big 3’ as they cohesively worked together to dissect the Phoenix Suns and earn the electrifying upset on the road. They all dominated in the same game together for the first times this series and it was certainly the ideal time to do it.
In fact, it was easily the best collective effort from the star trio throughout this postseason run. The late-game possession that saw Holiday snatch it away from Booker and dribble the length of the court before throwing an alley-oop dunk to Antetokounmpo was just the icing on the cake.
Antetokounmpo has continuously feasted with his strength, athleticism, and freakish physicality down low against the Suns in these Finals while Middleton has consistently been a clutch shot-maker and playmaker. Holiday had been struggling to find a rhythm offensively, but made the difference in Game 5 by hitting 12-of-20 shot attempts, including 3-of-6 from 3, to go along with his non-stop defensive relentlessness.
Upon entering the NBA Finals, Holiday’s two-way impact was always going to define the outcome of this series due to his key responsibilities of controlling the pace and containing Paul. Clearly, he’s so important for how the Bucks operate on both ends of the floor. It’s why they acquired him in the offseason for moments like these, and Jrue answered the calling in Game 5 to assist his co-stars in uplifting this mentally tough team once inch closer toward the ultimate goal.