The Milwaukee Bucks managed to beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 and cut the deficit to 2-1 in their NBA Finals series. Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely delivered for the Bucks as he had 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a 120-100 win over the Suns.
After the game, Antetokounmpo claimed good defense was the key behind their win. "We just had to play better defense, that's all," said Antetokounmpo, who was utterly dominant for a second straight game, finishing with 41 points -- including a personal 7-0 second-quarter run that put Milwaukee ahead for good -- to go with 13 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes.
"Play better defense and rebound the ball better and open and run. Create driving lanes. "Create space for Jrue [Holiday] to operate, to get downhill, to get to the spots, to play one-on-one game, to make the right play."
Antetokounmpo impressed his Bucks teammates
"I just think whoever gave him nickname the Greek Freak did a great job of that, for real," said Milwaukee center Bobby Portis, who had 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday after hardly playing in Game 2.
"It's different how he's playing out there and doing all these different things and just being himself. I'm saying, that's just rare." Also, Antetokounmpo acknowledged that he loves to read the game and decide when to be aggressive and when not to be aggressive.
"I just read each possession at a time," Antetokounmpo said. "Sometimes, I'm going to be aggressive for two minutes straight. Sometimes, I'm not. Because the ball is not in my hands because Khris [Middleton] is being aggressive at that time or Jrue.
"Each possession, each time of the game, it's different. I'm not planning what I do. I'm just trying to be out there, trying to take it a possession at a time, try to enjoy the game, try to make the right play."
Meanwhile, Middleton finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. "When [Giannis] rolling sometimes, like he was these last two games, you've just got to give him the ball, give him his space and allow him to go to work," Middleton said.
"At the same time, we both know what we can do. He knows what we can do. He trusts us with the ball in our hands ... as long as we play together, we know we've got the best chance."