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Bucks Storm Back and Even NBA Finals Series 2-2

Wednesday night marked a crucial game for both teams in the NBA Finals, with the Phoenix Suns looking to take a 3-1 series lead and put the Bucks in a position where they’d have to win three games in a row, and the Milwaukee Bucks were looking to tie up the series 2-2 and shift the entire momentum their way. Ultimately, the Bucks prevailed, winning by six in a 109-103 result. 

In Game Four, a lot was on the line, and both teams came out fighting to control the narrative of these Finals. It was a razor-thin match at halftime, with the game tied at 52 apiece. Scoring the ball was tough for both teams throughout the game, particularly in the second half, where defense was largely prioritized on both sides. The Suns had a rough shooting night, hitting seven of their 23 three-point attempts (30%), but the Bucks had an even lower percentage (24%), going seven of 29. The Suns actually had a solid night shooting from the field, hitting 51% of their shots, while the Bucks had a field goal percentage of 40%. 

There are two real reasons Phoenix let this game slip out of their hands: lack of hustle and turnovers. The Suns had 17 turnovers as a team, caused by intense defensive pressure from Milwaukee, particularly Jrue Holiday, who had three steals and locked down Chris Paul. The Bucks only had five turnovers the whole game, so they did an exceptional job taking care of the basketball, while earning many second chance opportunities through the high turnover rate of Phoenix. 

It seems that the Suns’ stars are trading off good and bad games. Devin Booker had a dreadful outing in Game Three, scoring only 10 points on poor shooting, but he made up for it Wednesday with a 42-point performance, although he was in foul trouble for much of the game. Chris Paul, on the other hand, had a rough night of his own in Game Four, also scoring only 10 points on 5-13 shooting. He did have seven assists, however, so his playmaking ability was strong, but this team needs both stars locked and loaded to beat this newly confident Bucks team. 

Speaking of the Bucks, they had an all-around great game as a team. Led by a strong 40-point performance by Khris Middleton who was firing from all cylinders, especially in the clutch, this team came out ready to go, stepping up down the stretch. At one point in the fourth quarter, this team was down nine, with little hope for a win, but they stormed back with hustle, intensity, and defense. Middleton, Holiday, and Giannis Antetokounmpo all played 43 minutes each, but showed no signs of fatigue in winning this game. Giannis had a sensational block on a Deandre Ayton dunk attempt, which shifted the whole momentum of the game, as they couldn’t be stopped from that point on. Giannis ended the night with 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. 

Game Five is taking place Saturday night, as both teams head back to Phoenix. The Suns have to regroup, and Booker and Paul must play more together and more completely. The Bucks need to ride the momentum they’ve gained in their two home wins and must make it a mission to be the first team in these NBA Finals to win a game on the road. It will certainly be another must-watch game in this entertaining Finals matchup. 

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