Holiday, Giannis Middleton Lead Bucks to Game 5 Victory, Take 3-2 Series Lead
The Milwaukee Bucks are just one game away!
After falling down 2-0 in the NBA Finals, the Bucks have climbed all the way back and against all odds are one game away from hoisting the NBA championship.
As per usual, the Milwaukee Bucks received huge contributions from Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Saturday night was Jrue Holiday’s game. After struggling mightily in the first few games of the Finals, Holiday had his signature moment of the series, taking the game over on both ends of the floor. The Bucks point guard finished with 27 points and 13 assists, coming up with a huge steal in the final seconds of the contest, while following it up with a game clinching lob.
“The pass was all about trust,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, he could have pulled the ball out, let the clock run and get a good shot. But he trusted me, threw the ball out there, and we were able to get a bucket.”
The Bucks will now head home for a chance to clinch their first NBA championship since 1971.
“Going home to our fans, going home to Milwaukee is a great opportunity for us,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But you have to go out and play. It’s at this point, you could feel it tonight, the high-level basketball on both sides of it.
“It’s going to be the same in Game 6. Both teams are going to come out, expect really, really good basketball. We’re going to have to compete defensively and we’re going to have to make plays, play together. It’s more about that. But to be going home to our fans, Fiserv has been rocking. It’s been huge for us, and we’re excited about our opportunity in Game 6.”
Despite combining for 81 points in the loss, the Suns trio of Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, and Chris Paul will need to do even more on Tuesday night if they hope to push the Finals to a deciding Game 7.