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The Phoenix Suns started with a home win in the “best of seven” final series of the North American basketball league NBA. Chris Paul and his team won 118: 105 on Tuesday evening (local time) against the Milwaukee Bucks, where Giannis Antetokounmpo returned after a two-game break due to a knee injury. After a long even game, the Suns pulled away by up to 20 points in the third quarter.
Paul convinced in the first final game of his 16 year long NBA career and came up with 32 points, four rebounds and nine assists. “We have been working towards these moments all season,” said number three of the Suns. “We'll keep going. It was just a game. We have to stay focused.” To win the title, a team needs four wins in a maximum of seven final duels.
At the Bucks, Khris Middleton was the best thrower with 29 points. Antetokounmpo got 20 points. The Greek missed the last two games in the Eastern Conference final against the Atlanta Hawks injured, and only shortly before the game there was the go. But then Antetokounmpo played as if the overstretched knee and the pain had never existed. However, even the MVP of the 2018 and 2019 seasons could not prevent Paul from seizing the game in the third quarter.
Game two is again in Phoenix on Friday night (3.00 a.m. CEST / DAZN). Sun's professional Dario Saric is not there. The 27-year-old Croat suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in Tuesday's game, the Arizona team announced on Wednesday. He is out of action for an indefinite period. Forward Saric is an important part of the team as a substitute and averages 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in eleven minutes on the field.
The Suns have never won the NBA title, the Bucks once exactly 50 years ago. It is the third final participation for both teams.
Tuesday NBA result: Play-off final (“best of seven”): Phoenix Suns – Milwaukee Bucks 118: 105; Stand 1: 0. – Second game on Friday night also in Phoenix.