For the second time within three days, the Milwaukee Bucks won an NBA final against the Phoenix Suns with a spectacular scene.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo was still a block in game four, the Greek superstar completed an alley-oop pass from Jrue Holiday 13.5 seconds before the end of game five at 123: 119 on Saturday evening (local time).
Holiday had previously snatched the ball from Phoenix 'Devin Booker, the best basket hunter of the game with 40 points, with a score of 120: 119 for the Bucks.
“That was a big steal and pass,” said Antetokounmpo, “he could have run the clock, but he trusted me.” Holiday said: “Giannis took off and wanted the ball, at that moment I got it so high Thrown as much as I could. ”Antetokounmpo caught the ball in the air and stuffed it into the basket - a so-called alley-oop.
Antetokounmpo missed a subsequent free throw, but got the rebound, leaving Milwaukee in possession.
Shortly thereafter, Khris Middleton did better, so the Bucks could win the third final game against the Suns in a row.
It was the first away win in the exciting series in which Milwaukee now leads 3-2. The Bucks are still one win away from their second championship since 1971. Game six is on Wednesday night (3:00 a.m. / DAZN) in Milwaukee. Should Phoenix win, the Suns will have home rights again in the possible seventh and decisive final game on Friday morning (3 a.m. / DAZN).
Game five in front of 16,562 loud spectators in the almost fully occupied Phoenix Suns Arena was a reflection of the entire final series: After the first quarter, Phoenix had led 37:21, but Milwaukee struck back in the second quarter with 43:24 and was close 64: 61-halftime lead no longer in the second half.
In the end, the Suns came up to one point with a 12: 3 run - but then Holiday managed to win the ball against Booker.
Antetokounmpo scored 32 points for the Bucks.
The 26-year-old Greek got support from Middleton (29 points) and Holiday (27 points, 13 assists).
At the Suns next to Booker playmaker Chris Paul with 21 points and eleven assists and Deandre Ayton with 20 points and ten rebounds were most noticeable.