Chris Paul waited 16 years for his NBA Finals moment, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he made his presence felt in Game 1.
The Suns star shredded the Bucks’ defense for 32 points and nine assists in his NBA Finals debut, leading Phoenix to a 118-105 win. Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer admitted that Paul is tough to guard in the pick-and-roll, but his team will have to put more pressure on the future Hall of Famer if it wants to avoid heading home down 2-0.
“I think we have to just keep getting better,” Budenholzer said after Game 1. “We have to keep looking at the film and see how we can maybe take away some of the rhythm, or make it where he’s not getting into his spots as easily. That will be a big part of looking between Game 1 and Game 2.”
Will Paul and the Suns continue their winning ways? Or can the Bucks steal Game 2 in Phoenix and even the series?
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Suns vs. Bucks score
Suns vs. Bucks live updates, highlights from Game 2
(All times Eastern)
Halftime: Suns 56, Bucks 45
10:10 p.m. — What a wild possession. Just check out the ball movement here.
10 p.m. — A quick 8-0 for Phoenix, and the Suns suddenly have their biggest lead of the evening. This crowd is about to explode.
9:50 p.m. — Yes, the Suns ended up scoring on this possession, but what a block by Jrue Holiday.
9:45 p.m. — Jrue Holiday has not been shy about taking his shots. He is up to 12 field goal attempts early in the second quarter, but unfortunately for the Bucks, he has only made three of them.
End of first quarter: Bucks 29, Suns 26
9:35 p.m. — The Suns hit eight 3-pointers in the first quarter, nearly tying an NBA Finals record.
9:30 p.m. — So far, it has been the Bucks’ interior attack vs. the Suns’ outside shooting.
The first foul of the game is called more than nine minutes in. Very clean, fun game so far.
Also, a complete contrast in styles on both sides:
Points in the paint: Bucks 18, Suns 0.
Points off 3s: Suns 18, Bucks 3.
Points off turnovers: Bucks 7, Suns 0.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 9, 2021
9:15 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo takes off in transition and throws down the one-handed slam dunk, giving the Bucks the first two points of Game 2.
9 p.m. — Important note: Devin Booker arrived wearing a white suit and Classic Chucks. Clearly this means he will be going off for 50 points in Game 2.
8:45 p.m. — The starters for each team …
- Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, P.J. Tucker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
- Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
8:30 p.m. — Even with the Bucks down 1-0, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is predicting Milwaukee to win the series in six games.
Suns vs. Bucks start time today
- Date: Thursday, July 8
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
Game 2 of the NBA Finals will tip off at 9 p.m. ET. The contest will be held at Phoenix Suns Arena before the series shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4.
How to watch the NBA Finals
Bucks vs. Suns will be broadcast live on ABC. You can live-stream Game 2 via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.
The game can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
NBA Finals schedule 2021
(All times Eastern)
(3) Bucks vs. (2) Suns: Phoenix leads 1-0
|July 6||Suns 118, Bucks 105||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 8||Game 2||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 11||Game 3||8 p.m.||ABC|
|July 14||Game 4||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 17||Game 5*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 20||Game 6*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 22||Game 7*||9 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary