Milwaukee Bucks have turned the tables on Phoenix Suns in the seven-game NBA Finals after leveling the series 2-2 in Game 4 at home.
After suffering a defeat in the first two games, the Bucks have pulled two back to announce a major comeback into the NBA finals.
At one point in the fourth quarter, the Suns were in a dominant position and nine points ahead of the hosts. It seemed like Chris Paul and co would take the Game 4 home with an astounding display in the away fixture, but fate had other plans.
“This is a tough one but we’ve got to bounce back. That’s why we fought all season to get home court,” Paul said.
Milwaukee Bucks scored back-to-back points to end up as winners with 109-103 at Fiserv Forum. Coach Mike Budenholzer seemed satisfied with his team’s epic turnaround to tie the series. “That’s an NBA Finals special moment right there, and we’re going to need more of them,” Budenholzer said.
Suns coach Monty Williams was expectedly not a happy man to see his team blow away the lead in the last quarter. He said: “When you have that kind of lead in the fourth if we can just hold on to the ball and get good possessions, you feel like you can at least hold it there.”
The credit goes to Bucks forward Khris Middleton who led the attack from the front and recorded a staggering 40 points on the back of six rebounds and four assists.
In the post-game interview, Middleton said that the key to win was never giving up until the time runs out. “Just staying strong, staying with it. Telling myself you’re always in the game no matter what the score until that clock runs out.”
All eyes were on Giannis Antetokounmpo prior to the big game, but the Bucks wouldn’t mind Middleton making it big when it mattered the most. Nonetheless, the Greek Freak still added crucial 26 points with impressive 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks.
Not to forget his critical block in the fourth quarter that allowed the hosts to mount pressure over the Suns.
Antetokounmpo told the interviewer: “It wasn’t a pretty game but (we were) able to keep that composure, keep calm and we had wide-open shots that we missed that we usually make but going down the stretch we kept believing in ourselves, we kept executing, we kept setting screens, we kept getting stops, we kept running. We wanted this bad and the team showed it.”
Devin Booker’s effort goes in vain
Suns guard Devin Booker did everything he could on his end but lacked support from his teammates.
His 42 points were in vain because none of the Suns’ players could even crack into the double digits in the first half which ultimately came back to bite them. Nonetheless, Booker made history in the game.
He has now pocketed the most points (542) in his first postseason in NBA’s history.