Milwaukee Bucks star guard Jrue Holiday delivered a clutch play on defense in Game 5 and the Bucks ended up beating the Phoenix Suns. With under 30 seconds left to play and the Suns trailing by one, Devin Booker drove into the lane but Holiday appeared and stole the ball from the Suns guard.
"I was just trying to score the ball," Booker said, per ESPN. "[Holiday] was behind me. I turned and he was right there." Holiday made the play which helped the Bucks beat the Suns. "I guess I was just in the right place at the right time," Holiday said.
Holiday also made a great pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo
After stealing the ball, Holiday threw an alley-oop pass to Antetokounmpo, who dunked the ball to ensure the Bucks' win. "The pass was all about trust," Antetokounmpo said.
"Obviously, he could have pulled the ball out, let the clock run and get a good shot. But he trusted me, threw the ball out there, and we were able to get a bucket." The Bucks now have a chance to close out the NBA Finals on their home court.
"Going home to our fans, going home to Milwaukee is a great opportunity for us," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "But you have to go out and play. It's at this point, you could feel it tonight, the high-level basketball on both sides of it.
"It's going to be the same in Game 6. Both teams are going to come out, expect really, really good basketball. We're going to have to compete defensively and we're going to have to make plays, play together.
It's more about that. But to be going home to our fans, Fiserv has been rocking. It's been huge for us, and we're excited about our opportunity in Game 6." Holiday finished the game with 27 points and 13 assists.
"I saw it in Portland, when he was in New Orleans and we got swept in the first round," Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said of Holiday's defense. "Just the way he defends on a nightly basis and the way that he's able to do it in different ways.
He's physical, he's quick, he's strong. He's got a lot of things to him. And he's got quick hands. "First Team All-Defense play. It was a Defensive Player of the Year [play]. It just kind of shows we're built on defense.
The last two games, we've had a big defensive stop to kind of push us over the hump, and they have been made by a guy who is First Team All-Defense."