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NBA Finals: Middleton drops 40, Bucks tie series at two

The Milwaukee Bucks took game four of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to tie the series at two, behind a huge scoring night from Khris Middleton.

Khris Middleton dropped 40 points on Wednesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks picked up a second-straight win to tie the NBA Finals at two. They took down the Phoenix Suns by a score of 109-103 in what was a tight game from start to finish.

Game summary

The Suns led by as many as nine points early in the game and took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter. But a 33-21 response by Milwaukee in the final frame would be enough to give the Bucks a crucial game four win.

Middleton added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to go with his big scoring night. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points of his own, in addition to 14 rebounds, 8 assists 3 steals and 2 blocks.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 42 points for the Suns on 17-28 shooting, but he did not get much scoring help from his teammates. Jae Crowder added 15 points while no one else scored more than ten for Phoenix.

How the game panned out…

Milwaukee won this game in the rebounding and turnover departments. The Suns actually shot a higher percentage than the Bucks in all three shooting categories, but the Bucks were able to get off a much higher volume of shots. The Bucks finished the game +8 in rebounding and +12 in the turnover department. As a result, Milwaukee took 97 shots and 29 free throws in this one compared to Phoenix’s 78 shots and 19 free throws; a massive disparity that proved to be the difference in a game decided by just six points.

The Bucks and Suns now find themselves tied at two games apiece after the Suns took a 2-0 lead with a pair of home wins in games one and two. Milwaukee took game three, 120-100, to get back in the series on Sunday before tying things up on Wednesday night.

What next?

The series will shift back to Phoenix for game five, set to tip-off at 9:00 PM ET on Saturday. The winner of that game will take a 3-2 series lead and put themselves in the driver seat to win this year’s NBA Title.

ComeOn! Sportsbook favours the Suns at home in game five, with a 1.52 money line while the Bucks are set at 2.35. To win the series, the Suns sit at 1.68 and the Bucks sit at 2.25.