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NBA Final: Phoenix Suns Beat Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2

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Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 42 points but on the losing side of Game 2 of the NBA finals. Credit: Facebook/Milwaukee Bucks

The Phoenix Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the NBA final on Thursday by 118-108, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with 42 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

With the win, the Suns own all the momentum as the series now shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 3 at Fiserv Forum. That matchup will take place on Sunday night.

Devin Booker was the key in Game 2 for the Suns. He finished with a team-high 31 points on 12-of-25 shooting from the field. He was 7-for-12 from three-point range. He added five rebounds and six assists to his stat line.

Each of the Suns’ starters were in double figures.

Mikal Bridges had 27 points and Chris Paul contributed with 23 points and eight assists. Jae Crowder added a huge double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Deandre Ayton had the reverse – 10 points and 11 rebounds.

NBA Finals shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 3

The Bucks scraped back in the second half after only scoring 16 points in the second quarter but came up short.

A still-recovering Giannis Antetokounmpo was on the losing side of the NBA finals game 1 as the Milwaukee Bucks were defeated on Tuesday by the Phoenix Suns 105-118.

Antetokounmpo, who suffered a knee injury last week, was cautious throughout the game. He scored 20 to go along with 17 rebounds in the loss, but played only 35 minutes and couldn’t be as aggressive in the paint as he usually is with 11 field goal attempts in the game.

The Milwaukee Bucks have advanced to the team’s first NBA Finals since 1974.

Antetokounmpo twice the NBA Most Valuable Player

Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo began playing basketball for the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Athens. In 2011, he began playing for the club’s senior team before entering the 2013 NBA draft, where he was selected 15th overall by the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo’s nationality, in addition to his combination of size, speed and ball-handling skills earned him the nickname “Greek Freak”.

Antetokounmpo won back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in 2019 and 2020, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to win two MVPs before turning 26.

Along with his MVP award, he was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, becoming only the third player after Michael Jordan (1988) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994) to win both awards in the same season.

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