Twitter Timeline: The Moments That Defined Game 5

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The Phoenix Suns hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in the newly-named Footprint Center on Saturday night. Chris Paul said it was vital that the Suns “protect home court” ahead of Game 5 but that proved to be a tall task. The Bucks defeated the Suns, 123-119 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Both teams put up impressive offensive stats – Milwaukee 57.5%, Phoenix 55.2%. The Suns had an impressive first quarter and took a 16 point lead, but it was the Bucks that became unstoppable in the third quarter and ran away with it all. 

Here are some of the defining Game 5 moments that ultimately resulted in a Bucks win. 

First Quarter

Second Quarter

The Suns complete the first quarter with a 16-point lead and all the momentum they need…things are looking good, right? Wrong. The Bucks started to sink shots and protect their basket. The Bucks dominated the second quarter right from the jump going on an 11-3 run in the first two and a half minutes…and they dominated the second quarter, even with their star player on the bench for a bit.

Third Quarter

Things didn’t get much better for the Suns after halftime. In fact, the Bucks clearly carried their second-quarter momentum over to the second half of the game. Jrue Holiday was the name of the game in the third quarter, making things hard on the Suns on both sides of the court. 

Fourth Quarter

Giannis and Jrue were a force to be reckoned with. The Suns tried everything they could to throw together a comeback…and they almost did. The final few minutes of the game had Suns fans jumping out of their seats after the Suns were able to close the gap and make it a one-point game. 

Game 5 was almost a comeback story for the Suns, instead, it was the Bucks comeback story after winning 123-119. Milwaukee bounced back from a 16-point deficit in the first quarter to come away with the win on the Suns’ home court. The Suns get the opportunity to win on the Bucks home court on Tuesday for Game 6.