Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton absolutely delivered for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night and the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of the NBA Finals 109-103- Middleton scored 40 points and had six rebounds, while Antetokounmpo dropped 26 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out eight assists.
"They have been here the longest," Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said, per ESPN. "They have been through the most together. They have endured the most. They have been criticized for everything they have done here, and they have also got the glory.
"But they know the pressures that comes with that, and they have exceeded all those expectations. For them to be able to perform on each stage, and especially a stage like this, is awesome to see, and I'm blessed to be a part of it."
"They give us confidence as a team," Holiday continued, "and they carry us just like they did tonight."
Antetokounmpo made a key play
With 1:14 remaining in the game and the Bucks up by two, DeAndre Ayton was going for a comfortable slam but Antetokounmpo met him at the rim and blocked him.
"I thought I was going to get dunked on, to be honest with you," Antetokounmpo said with a smile. "But you know, going down the stretch, just do whatever it takes to win the game. Just put yourself in a position that can win the game."
Bucks teammates were impressed by Antetokounmpo's block. "The honest thought that was going through my head was, more or less, kind of like shock and awe when the block happened," Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said.
"I kind of said, in my opinion, it's the best block of all time. Obviously, we're a little biased, and you can talk about the LeBron [James] block [from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals], as well. But as far as a block where he was covering the pick-and-roll, he had to judge where the pass was, where Ayton was catching it and trying to dunk it, above the box, it's about as impressive as you can get."
Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo was proud of Middleton. "I'm proud," Antetokounmpo said. "I'm very proud. But as I've said, it comes down to trust. I trust him. "You know, win or lose, I'm OK with it.
Usually, when you're going down the stretch in a game like this, whatever game you play, you want to take it upon yourself. Win or lose, you're like, 'OK, I took a shot, I lost the game, I won the game.' " "But it comes down to trust," he continued.
"I know [my teammates] are going to make the right play, and I know they are going to deliver the ball when I'm open. But what [Middleton] did tonight was incredible."