Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 41-point outing saw the Milwaukee Bucks to an important 120-100 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
With the Bucks trailing 2-0, they needed a response at home at Fiserv Forum and Antetokounmpo helped them deliver.
Antetokounmpo finished with 41 points on 14-of-23 shooting, along with 13 rebounds and six assists.
He was the first player to score 40-plus points in back-to-back NBA Finals games since LeBron James in 2016.
The dominant win halved the Suns’ series lead ahead of Game 4 in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Jrue Holiday (21), Khris Middleton (18), Brook Lopez (11) and Bobby Portis (11) also had double digits in points for the Bucks.
Milwaukee put together powerful runs to finish the second and third quarters which set up their win.
They went 16-3 to finish the first half and 16-0 to end the third quarter.
The 15-point deficit marked the first time in these playoffs the Suns had trailed by more than seven at half-time.
Phoenix were unable to get much going as Chris Paul finished with 19 points, while Devin Booker was three-of-14 from the field for his 10 points.
Cam Johnson had 14 points off the bench for the Suns, including a huge dunk in the third quarter.