July 15, 2021
(Reuters) -The Milwaukee Bucks rallied from 9 factors down within the fourth quarter to defeat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Recreation 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday to tie the best-of-seven collection at 2-2 in entrance their very own elated followers at Fiserv Discussion board.
The groups had been tied on the half however small ahead Khris Middleton pushed the Bucks excessive, tallying 40 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists.
Milwaukee had seemed in serious trouble after shedding the opening two video games of the collection in Phoenix however by no means counted themselves out.
“Simply staying robust, staying with it,” Middleton stated. “Telling myself you’re at all times within the recreation it doesn’t matter what the rating till that clock runs out.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t match his plus-40 factors efforts from the earlier two video games however nonetheless got here up huge for the Bucks with 26 factors, 14 rebounds and eight assists, and placed on a robust defensive effort that included a crucial block late within the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t a reasonably recreation however (we had been) capable of preserve that composure, preserve calm and we had huge open photographs that we missed that we normally make however happening the stretch we stored believing in ourselves, we stored executing, we stored setting screens, we stored getting stops, we stored working,” stated the 26-year-old Greek ahead and two-time league MVP.
“We needed this dangerous and the group confirmed it.”
Suns guard Devin Booker had 42 factors however obtained little backup from his group mates, none of whom had been capable of crack double-digits within the first half.
Level guard Chris Paul struggled from the beginning and solely managed to place up two factors within the first half and 10 complete, a far cry from his 32-points efficiency within the collection opener.
The collection now shifts again to Phoenix for Recreation 5 on Saturday and Middleton stated the Bucks needed to take the momentum with them.
“No matter we’re doing right here, we’ve obtained to discover a solution to do it there,” he stated.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)