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Antetokounmpo powers Bucks to massive 120-100 victory over Suns in Game 3

The Bucks got back into the 2021 NBA Finals with a big win to end the week. Can they even the series on Wednesday? We’ll recap Game 3 in the meantime and worry about that later.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates during the second half in Game Three of the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates during the second half in Game Three of the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks meet in Game 3 of the NBA Finals with the series shifting to Milwaukee. The Bucks will try to avoid a 3-0 deficit in front of their home crowd while the Suns look to move one win closer to the franchise’s first title.

The Bucks are favored in Game 3 at -4.5. The over/under is set at 220. Milwaukee is -205 on the moneyline, while Phoenix is +170.

In this file, we’ll be tracking all the latest updates during the game, providing stats so you can keep an eye on your player prop bets. We’ll also keep an eye on the betting splits and how the public did against the books in Game 3.

2021 NBA Finals: Suns vs. Bucks, Game 3 live updates

End of the fourth quarter — The Bucks demolish the Suns 120-100 behind Antetokounmpo’s monster game. The Greek Freak goes for 41 points in a Game 3 victory, cutting Phoenix’s Finals lead to 2-1. Ayton led the Suns with 18 points. Jae Crowder also added 18 in the loss. Booker struggled, going 3-14 from the floor.

Holiday and Middleton combined for 39 points on 14-28 shooting, a massive improvement from Game 2. The Bucks were +15 from behind the arc and +9 from the free throw line.

Bettors who backed the Bucks won big. Milwaukee covered the 4.5-point spread and the over/under was a push at 220.

Game 4 is Wednesday at 9 p.m.

10:32 p.m. — The Bucks are up 113-94 and look to have this in the bag with a little over three minutes left. Antetokounmpo has carried the team with 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

End of the third quarter — The Bucks lead the Suns 98-76 behind Antetokounmpo’s 34 and Holiday’s 19. The Suns fought back, but missed Ayton’s presence as the big man had to sit with four fouls. Milwaukee -4.5 is looking good and bettors who took the over are probably happier at the moment.

10:01 p.m. — Holiday has exploded in the third quarter, hitting four triples to jump up to 19 points in the game. Antetokounmpo has 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The Suns had cut the lead to four points, but the Bucks responded with a big run themselves and are up 93-76.

9:48 p.m. — The Suns have stormed back into the contest behind Cam Johnson’s 10 points in the third quarter, but Holiday is also heating up for the Bucks from deep. Milwaukee leads 80-73.

9:40 p.m. — Antetokounmpo is on a mission. The star has 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bucks lead the Suns 69-58 with a little less than eight minutes in the third quarter. Middleton has supported him well with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

9:35 p.m. — Antetokounmpo has made Ayton pick up his fourth foul, which means the big man is going to have his minutes reduced for much of the third quarter. Ayton has 18 points and six rebounds for Phoenix, but the Suns haven’t been able to hit shots elsewhere. Bucks lead 65-52.

Halftime — The Bucks lead the Suns 60-45 with Antetokounmpo filling up the stat sheet. The forward has 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Middleton has been a solid contributor as well with 15 points. Ayton leads the Suns with 16 points but Devin Booker has struggled, going 2-11 from the floor. Both teams are failing to hit threes, going a combined 7-32 from deep. Bettors who took the over will be slightly happier at the moment. Those who took Milwaukee -4.5 will also be happy. Current lines on the moneyline are Milwaukee -910 and Phoenix +540.

9:05 p.m. — The Bucks are on an extended 20-6 run courtesy of Middleton and Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee has struggled to hit threes, but the stars are performing well on both ends of the floor. The Bucks lead the Suns 50-42 with slightly less than four minutes to play in the first half.

9:00 p.m. — Antetokounmpo has rattled off five straight points as the Bucks hold a 44-38 lead midway through the second quarter. The Greek Freak is looking dominant after asking for a sub early in the game.

8:57 p.m. — The Bucks have a 39-38 lead with Middleton scoring 13 points and Antetokounmpo having 11 to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Both teams have let up a little bit offensively, worrying bettors who have taken the over. Suns +4.5 is looking solid right now given how close the first half has been.

8:50 p.m. — The Suns are up 36-30 with Ayton accounting for 16 points. Antetokounmpo and Middleton have combined for 19 points, but Holiday is struggling from deep with a 1-5 performance from behind the arc.

End of the first quarter — The Suns lead the Bucks 28-25 in a high-scoring opening frame. Ayton has 12 points to lead Phoenix while Antetokounmpo has seven points, five rebounds and four assists for Milwaukee. Middleton and Holiday have combined for 12 points. Both teams have shot the ball well, making bettors who took the over happy for now.

8:27 p.m. — Ayton is up to 10 points after being relatively quiet in Game 2. He’s been able to get mismatches offensively and is dominating in the paint early for Phoenix.

8:21 p.m. — The Bucks are up 15-14 at the first timeout. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have five points each for Milwaukee while Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul have six points each for the Suns. Antetokounmpo appears to be fine and will likely re-enter the game shortly.

8:18 p.m. — Antetokounmpo has asked for a substitution early in the game. Pat Connaughton has come in for Antetokounmpo. He doesn’t appear to have an injury and may just need to settle some nerves.

8:08 p.m. — The Bucks are favored at -4.5 just before tip. The over/under is 220. Milwaukee is -205 on the moneyline while Phoenix is +170.

Suns starting lineup

Bucks starting lineup