Bucks vs. Suns: Giannis Antetokounmpo says’ I’m not Michael Jordan after dominant Game 3 performance to keep NBA Finals hopes alive
Posted On July 13, 2021
“I’m not Michael Jordan,” said Antetokounmpo, 26, after becoming the sixth player in NBA Finals history to score 40 points in consecutive games.
Antetokounmpo scored 41 points on Sunday in the Bucks’ 120-100 home win, leaving them behind the Suns 2-1 in their top seven streak to decide who will be crowned NBA champion.
Antetokounmpo joined Jordan, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Barry and LeBron James with consecutive 40-point performances in the NBA Finals.
Jordan holds the record for consecutive games of 40 points in the final with four. When asked if he has his eyes set on this record, Antetokounmpo reiterated his focus on the here and now.
“All I care about … is get one more win. Just mind the business, do our job,” the two-time NBA MVP later told the media. .
“I’m right over there trying to enjoy the game, trying to play, trying to put myself in a position to be successful. That’s what I’m trying to do. You know, when I take each possession at a time, when I have possession in front of me, I try to put myself in a position to succeed. Sometimes it’s driving the ball. Sometimes it’s sealing in the lane. Sometimes it’s putting a screen. “
For Antetokounmpo, this is his third game coming back from a hyperextended knee, with each game showing that he feels fitter and is able to dominate the game as he has become accustomed to doing.
The Bucks’ big win means their title hopes become more possible, now just one game behind the Suns with Game 4 again on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
While a two-game deficit might put some teams off, the Bucks players looked relaxed heading into Game 3, highlighting their 2-0 deficit against the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Scoring flurries at the end of the second and third quarters helped the Bucks move away from the huffed and puffed Suns, allowing Antetokounmpo et al to secure a comfortable 20-point victory and set up an intriguing game 4 .
The Bucks won their only title in 1971, while the Suns have yet to win a title since joining the league in 1968.