Suns' Chris Paul: It don't get no harder than this
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Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams suggested that nothing is over yet after his team lost Game 5 to the Milwaukee Bucks. In Game 5, the Bucks claimed a 123-119 win to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. "We got to win one game to put them back on the plane," Williams said, per the ATP website.
"That's it. And you have to have that determination that you're willing to do whatever it takes to put them back on the plane." With under 30 seconds left to play in the game and the Suns down by one, Devin Booker had the ball in his hands.
But Jrue Holiday appeared and stole the ball from Booker and that sealed the win for the Bucks. "A great play by Jrue," Williams said. "I don't have any other words for that one."
The Suns facing an elimination
After Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his own free throw with few seconds left to play in the game, he tapped his own rebound back to Khris Middleton.
"That was a horrible miss," said Suns center Deandre Ayton, who was lined up to try to secure the rebound and couldn't get a hand on it. "It was just an athletic play, you know; he tipped it behind him knowing that his teammates are there.
It was a bad miss." Chris Paul scored 21 points and had 11 assists but it wasn't enough for the Suns. "We knew this wasn't going to be easy," said Paul. "We didn't expect it to be. It's hard. Coach said it all year long: Everything we want is on the other side of hard, and it don't get no harder than this.
"So, we got to regroup, learn from this game. But it's over. We got to get ready for Game 6." On the other side, Holiday finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. "I saw it in Portland, when he was in New Orleans and we got swept in the first round," Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said.
"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."