Basketball – Milwaukee equalizes in NBA final

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The Bucks won Act IV against Phoenix (109-103). Khris Middleton scored 40 points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) was credited with 26 points.

AFP

Milwaukee defeated Phoenix for the second time in a row on the night of Wednesday to Thursday (109-103) at the end of a tough game that took endless time to decide, to return to equality in the NBA final ( 2-2).

Balls which turn on the circle, which slip between the fingers, reversals of situation as if it were raining, this fourth match of the final was played out in details.

Phoenix seemed to have caught the game by the right end at the start of the fourth quarter, taking a nine-point lead (76-85) on a three-point shot from Cameron Johnson.

But the fifth fault of the back Devin Booker, forced to return to the bench when he was untouchable until then (38 points at that time and 42 in the end), revived Milwaukee.

In panache, with a remarkable offensive distribution, the Bucks came back to height three minutes from the end of regulation time, before carrying the blow during the last seconds.

Symbol of the determination of Milwaukee, the monumental counter of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Deandre Ayton who was about to slam a pass lobbed in the circle, just over a minute from the final whistle.

Middleton makes the difference

The “Greek Freak” was less impressive than in the previous two matches (42 and 41 points) even if he still shone (26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists).

It was his loyal lieutenant Khris Middleton who made the difference for the first time in this final and spent 40 points in the defense of the Suns who stuck him the whole game.

The two teams return to Phoenix for the fifth round (Sunday, 3am Swiss) of this final completely revived when it seemed a time promised to the Suns.

Milwaukee – Phoenix 109-103

Status in series: 2-2

The series is played for the best of 7 matches

(AFP)

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