NBA Finals 2021

Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 5 – live updates, scores, stats and highlights

Wow. What a game and what an impressive road victory by the Bucks.

They clinch Game 5 123-119 and take a lead in this series for the first time with an opportunity to win their first championship in 50 years in front of their home fans.

Huge games from every Bucks played, led by their Big 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Khris Middleton put up 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists but what a bounce-back game from Jrue Holiday - 27 points, 13 assists and three steals.

Devin Booker put up 40 for a second consecutive game but he didn't recieve any support.

Final: Bucks 123, Suns 119

The Bucks not letting it get away, continuing to keep some distance between them and the Suns. With 5:44 to go, Milwaukee leads 113-105.

A Chris Paul 3-pointer cuts the lead down to eight (108-100) with 7:48 left. It's the first time, the Suns have brought it down to single digits in the fourth quarter despite continuing to battle led by Booker.

End of Third Quarter: Bucks 100, Suns 90

Another huge quarter from the Bucks. After scoring 21 in the first, Milwaukee have outscored Phoenix 79-53. Their Big 3 came up huge at different points of the period but there's still one period to play.

Can the Bucks stay ahead and clinch a huge Game 5 on the road?

3:09 left and the Bucks are being relentless here. After Middleton and Holiday, Antetokounmpo puts together few plays - scoring eight of 10 in one stretch as the Milwaukee leads 94-83.

5:42 left and Milwaukee calls the first timeout of the second half. Bucks now lead 85-75 behind more big plays from Holiday, after Middleton was already on fire.

Middleton and Booker trading buckets. After the first 4:30 minutes of the third quarter, they have combined for 19 (Middleton - 9; Booker - 10) of the 24 combined points scored by both teams.

Bucks still lead 76-73.

Halftime: Bucks 64, Suns 61

A 43-24 second quarter helps the Bucks bounce back from a 16-point first-quarter deficit to a five-point halftime lead.

Holiday was huge in the second period with 14 of his 18 coming in the second period, despite having two fouls to his name. He also has seven assists to his name. He's gone from a 4-of-20 performance in Game 4 to shooting 8-of-11 in the first half of Game 5.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combine for 21 while Milwaukee's bench duo of Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis combine for 18. For the Suns, Booker leads the scoring charts with 15.

A huge fightback from the Bucks in the second period, considering that it was on the road. They tie the game up at 42, then re-take the lead 50-49 on a Bobby Portis three.

Over the first 6:20 of the second period, Milwaukee have outscored Phoenix 29-12.

A quick 11-3 run to start the second period by the Bucks and it's a 40-32 game with 9:31 left in the first half. Holiday has scored (7) or assisted on nine of those 11 points.

End of First Quarter: Suns 37, Bucks 21

Big first period for the hosts. The Suns are 13-0 in these playoffs whenever they lead a game by double-digits and at the end of the first 12 minutes, they hold their largest lead of 16.

The Suns shot an incredible 14-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc while scoring 11 points on the Bucks' seven turnovers. Meanwhile, Milwaukee only shot 9-of-21 from the field in the first.

The Suns have caught fire in this one including hitting 10 straight . Over a 4:30-minute stretch between Bucks timeouts, Phoenix outscores Milwaukee 18-7 to double t hem up 32-16. The trio of Crowder (8), Deandre Ayton (8) and Devin Booker (9) combine for 25 of the 34.

7:33 left and the first timeout. Behind eight points from Jae Crowder, the Suns lead early 14-9.

Chris Paul seems like he's back, assisting on three of the team's first five field goals. Meanwhile, for the Bucks, the scoring is taken care of by their big 3 so far.

Coming off a 4-of-20 shooting performance in Game 4, Jrue Holiday gets things started in Game 5

Pregame

Space Jam: A New Legacy lead and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is expected in attendance for Game 5.

Should be an unchanged starting line-up for both teams. However, Giannis Antetokonumpo's brother will not be on the sidelines today due to 'health and safety protocols.

He wasn't the only one affected by the protocols.

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