Bucks take Game 4 and even series
A much needed 40-point performance by Khris Middleton helped the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix suns 109–103 and take Game 4 of the NBA Finals, tying the series at 2-2.
Middleton said: “Just the energy. I've been playing in this building for two years now. A lot of shots. I guess I've got to get some extra shots in Phoenix and whatnot. But just got to find a way to knock down shots when I'm on the road. It's been tough for me all postseason long. Just got to find a way.”
Nigerian-Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks defeat the Suns and keep a clean sheet at home.
“Tough game. Tough game. It wasn't a pretty game, but we grinded through. They played really good, really good. You have to give them credit. But as I said, three minutes before in the timeout in my head, I'm like, you've got to keep making plays; right now, it's how bad do you want it? If they go up 3-1, it's a whole different ballgame. I feel like it was just emotions. Sometimes I block shots and I run the other way, but I think there was so much emotions into me and I tried to enjoy that moment. And there's sometimes that you have a block, you have a three, whatever, run to the other end. But for me, the way I play, the way I want to play moving forward, I want to enjoy every single moment. That was a moment that I felt like our team was turning it around and we were getting momentum and Khris was hitting big shots. It felt good,” commented Antetokounmpo.
Following his struggles in Game 3, Suns guard Devin Booker put up an impressive 42 points, but could not turn the tide down the stretch. He however now has the most points scored by an NBA players in their playoffs debut with 522. He is followed by Rick Barry with 521 and Julius “Dr J” Erving with 518.
“It doesn't matter at all. I said that after last game too, when I struggled shooting it. The main objective is to win the game. So anything that goes on throughout the game, it doesn't matter, for real,” said booker.
It is now a best-of-three series which moves back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday night, LIVE on ESPN at 3:00 a.m. CAT on Sunday morning.