The teams were tied at halftime, but little forward Khris Middleton pushed the Bucks over the top, totaling 40 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Milwaukee had looked in big trouble after losing the first two games of the series to Phoenix, but never counted.
“Just stay strong, stay with it,” Middleton said. “I tell myself you’re still in the game no matter the score until the time is up.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo failed to match his 40+ point efforts from the previous two games, but was still important for the Bucks with 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, and put in a solid defensive effort that included a critical block at the end of the fourth trimester.
“It wasn’t a pretty game but (we were) able to keep that cool, stay calm and we had some wide open shots that we missed that we usually do, but going down the stretch we kept going. believe in ourselves, we kept running, we kept tuning screens, we kept making saves, we kept running, “said the 26-year-old Greek striker and two-time MVP of the league.
“We wanted this and the team showed it.”
Suns goalie Devin Booker had 42 points but received little support from his teammates, neither of whom managed to score double-digit numbers in the first half.
Point guard Chris Paul struggled from the start and only managed to score two points in the first half and 10 overall, nowhere near his performance of 32 points in Game 1 of the series.
The series now returns to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday and Middleton has said the Bucks need to build momentum with them.
“Whatever we do here, we have to find a way to do it there,” he said.
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