Phoenix Suns Beat Milwaukee Bucks In NBA FinalsJake Cooper | 08 Jul 2021
Chris Paul, the 36-year-old Phoenix Suns player who has waited 16 years to play in the NBA finals, helped lead his team to victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. The player had already had a fantastic season before playing in the first game of the best-of-seven playoffs. Paul scored an impressive 32 points and dished out nine assets, leading to a final score of 105 for the Milwaukee Bucks and 118 for the Phoenix Suns.
This makes Chris Paul only the third player over the age of 36 to score more than 30 points in a finals game. He joins the great Hall-of-Famers Tim Duncan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Paul is also the first player since Michael Jordan to achieve over eight assists and 30 points or more in their finals debut.
Antetokounmpo Makes His Comeback
As the Bucks headed into the finals, the health of one of their MVPs, Giannis Antetokounmpo, posed a big concern to the team. Affectionately known as the “Greek Freak”, the player had hyperextended his knee in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Finals when the Bucks faced off against the Atlanta Hawks. This resulted in him missing the last two games of the series.
The Bucks were relieved to find that the 26-year-old was cleared to play in the series opener just a few hours before it was scheduled to begin. He showed no signs of his injury holding him back in the opening stages of the game and went full steam ahead from the outset in the hopes of giving the Bucks a fair shot at victory.
Suns Team Stronger Than Ever
The Phoenix Suns currently have one of the strongest teams they have ever had before. Chris Paul’s talents, combined with those of Devin Booker, the young superstar who scored 27 points, as well as those of Deandre Ayton, took the team one step closer to claiming the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The playoff between the Suns and the Bucks marked the first NBA finals game to be held in Phoenix since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls took home their third consecutive championship in 1993. Booker was filled with praise for his teammate. When speaking about Paul, he said that the player should never be counted out. He added that the player has amassed so much experience on the court and that anyone who thinks he is too old to keep playing could not be more mistaken.