Antetokounmpo joined Jordan, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Barry and LeBron James with consecutive 40-point performances in the NBA Finals.
Jordan holds the record for consecutive finals at 40 points with four. When asked if he has his eyes set on this record, Antetokounmpo reiterated his focus on the here and now.
“I’m right over there trying to enjoy the game, trying to play, trying to put myself in a position to be successful. That’s what I’m trying to do. You know, when I take each possession at a time, when I have a possession in front of me, I try to put myself in a position to be successful. Sometimes it’s driving the ball. Sometimes it seals the way. Sometimes it creates a screen. “
For Antetokounmpo, this is his third game coming back from a hyperextended knee, with each game showing that he feels fitter and is able to dominate the game as he has become accustomed to doing.
The Bucks’ big win means their title hopes become more possible, now just one game behind the Suns with Game 4 again on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
While a two-game deficit might put some teams off, the Bucks players looked relaxed heading into Game 3, highlighting their 2-0 deficit against the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Scoring flurries at the end of the second and third quarters helped the Bucks move away from the huffed and puffed Suns, allowing Antetokounmpo et al to secure a comfortable 20-point victory and set up an intriguing game 4 .
The Bucks won their only title in 1971, while the Suns have yet to win a title since joining the league in 1968.
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