The Milwaukee Bucks are facing off against the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA finals. With a series finely poised at 3-2 in the Bucks’ favour, these NBA finals are a must watch.
This game between the Suns and the Bucks has been a nail-biter so far. With the opportunity to close out the series, Milwaukee were in cruise control. Leading the game by 13 points at the end of the first quarter, it looked like the game was headed to a blowout for the Eastern Conference champions.
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shoots the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends in the first half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
But veteran guard Chris Paul had other plans. Carrying Phoenix’s offense, the Suns ended up taking a lead of 5 points at the end of the first half with a scoreline of 47-42. The slugfest has continued in the third quarter too. While they trailed by 5, the Bucks have made a comeback in the third quarter and with a scoreline of 77-77, tied the game.
Milwaukee have continued their electrifying form in the fourth quarter. With 4:50 remaining on the game clock, the Bucks now lead the game 96-90 and are moments away from sealing their first title in 50 years.
Jrue Holiday sets unwanted NBA Finals record in game 6
Bucks’ biggest move coming into the season was the trade for Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday, who is a tenacious defender and an equally impressive distributor, was a big improvement over veteran Eric Bledsoe.
While his offense has been sketchy in the playoffs, Holiday truly had one of his best nights in game 5 as he put up 27 points along with 13 assists along with some crucial defensive stops as well.
After an electrifying game 5 performance though, Holiday has simply fizzled out in game 6 and also set an unwanted record in the process. In the first half of the game, Holiday attempted a whooping total of 11 shots and ended up making only 1 of them.
Jrue Holiday shot 1-11 (9.1%) in the 1st half, the 2nd-worst field goal percentage in the 1st half of an NBA Finals game over the last 25 years (min. 10 FGA). Dirk Nowitzki shot 8.3% (1-12) in the 1st half of Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals at the Heat. pic.twitter.com/lziRfpsQPa
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With a Field Goal percentage of 9.1%, Holiday now owns the second worst FG% in a Finals first half only trailing Mavericks’ legend Dirk Nowitzki. His numbers in the second half have improved though. Attempting only 7 shots, Holiday has scored in 3 shots and has been decent at in the defensive end as well.
The Bucks need to see their big three at their best in the remaining moments of the game. While Giannis Antetokounmpo has been on absolute fire, the Bucks need Middleton and Holiday to step up. Can the Milwaukee Bucks finally win their first title in 50 years?