Giannis Antetokounmpo simply wasn’t going to allow his Bucks to fall into a 3-0 hole against the Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals.
“The Greek Freak” led Milwaukee to a dominant 120-100 victory over Phoenix on Sunday night, posting 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Game 3. Antetokounmpo became just the second player in NBA Finals history to total 40-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in consecutive games (Shaquille O’Neal, 2000). He also got much more help this time around, as Jrue Holiday (21 points, nine assists, five rebounds) and Khris Middleton (18 points, seven rebounds, six assists) bounced back after miserable showings in Game 2.
Suns star Chris Paul had 19 points and nine assists in the loss, but his backcourt mate Devin Booker struggled throughout Game 3, scoring just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting. It was also a rough evening for Deandre Ayton, who only played 24 minutes because of foul trouble.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
Suns vs. Bucks score
Suns vs. Bucks live updates, highlights from Game 3
Final: Bucks 120, Suns 100
10:30 p.m. — The Suns have all bench players on the floor now. This one is over.
10:25 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo is a man on a mission. He’s got 41 points with more than six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
10:15 p.m. — Can’t play much better defense here. Chris Paul is pretty good, huh?
End of third quarter: Bucks 98, Suns 76
10 p.m. — Giannis. Beast Mode.
9:50 p.m. — Send this to the Louvre.
9:40 p.m. — OH MY. CAMERON JOHNSON PUT P.J. TUCKER ON A POSTER.
9:35 p.m. — Good luck trying to stop this guy. Giannis Antetokounmpo is up to 25 points early in the fourth quarter.
Halftime: Bucks 60, Suns 45
9:10 p.m. — Uh, did the Bucks just turn into the “Showtime” Lakers? What a strong run to close the first half.
9 p.m. — P.J. Tucker not only avoids falling out of bounds but also finds Giannis Antetokounmpo for the monster dunk. The Bucks take the lead.
8:50 p.m. — Khris Middleton finishes through contact and goes to the line for his first free throw attempt of the series. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
End of first quarter: Suns 28, Bucks 25
8:40 p.m. — Feed the big man. Deandre Ayton leads all scorers with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
8:25 p.m. — Chris Paul to Deandre Ayton on the pick-and-roll? Yep, we’ve seen that work before.
8:15 p.m. — Jrue Holiday scores the first points of Game 3. It would be great for the Bucks if they can get him rolling early on the offensive end.
8 p.m. — The fans hanging out in the Deer District are just a little bit excited about watching their team in the NBA Finals.
7:40 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
7:20 p.m. — Suns forward Torrey Craig, who left Game 2 after suffering a right knee injury, is officially available to play in Game 3.
Tonight’s Health Update:
Torrey Craig: (Right Knee Contusion) is AVAILABLE
Dario Šarić (Right ACL Tear) is OUT
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 11, 2021
Suns vs. Bucks start time
- Date: Sunday, July 11
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Game 3 of the NBA Finals will tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be held at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
How to watch the NBA Finals
Bucks vs. Suns will be broadcast live on ABC. You can live stream Game 3 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 2-1
|July 6||Suns 118, Bucks 105||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 8||Suns 118, Bucks 108||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 11||Bucks 120, Suns 100||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