Khris at the Center as Milwaukee Levels NBA Finals Series at 2-2
Khris Middleton carried the Milwaukee Bucks to a come-from-behind 109-103 victory over Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night (Thursday in the Philippines) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Down 95-90 with over five minutes left, the Bucks went on a 7-0 blast behind Pat Connaughton and Giannis Antetokounmpo for a 97-95 lead but the Suns surged ahead anew at 99-97 on hits by Devin Booker and Jae Crowder.
Middleton then rose to the occassion for the Bucks as he tied the score at 99-all with a jumper before scoring eight more points, including four free throws, as Milwaukee took a 107-101 lead with under a minute left.
Middleton finished the match with 40 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals as Milwaukee knotted the best-of-seven championship series at 2-2.
Antetokounmpo had a near triple-double output of 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Connaughton contributed 14, 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Bucks.
The Suns were dominant to start the game behind early conversions from Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges for an 18-9 lead but the Bucks answered back to trim the deficit to 23-20.
Both teams kept it close in the second period with the score tied at 52-all at the half but the Suns had a strong third quarter behind Booker to take a 82-76 advantage.
Phoenix went on to widen the lead to 85-76 after a three-pointer by Cameron Johnson to start the fourth quarter but Milwaukee responded with a rally behind Middleton and Holiday to come to within 88-90.
The Suns took the lead for the last time at 95-90 with Crowder converting three free throws and Johnson connecting an two-pointer before the Bucks unloaded its finishing run to take the win.
Booker finished the game with 42 points, Crowder added 15 markers and eight rebounds, while Paul and Johnson contributed 10 points each for the Suns.