Bridges misses for the Suns, Johnson blocks Portis who is not entirely appreciative. The Suns take a timeout.
4.06am BST 04:06
Suns 82-84 Bucks, 9:57, 4th quarter
Holiday with a 27 footer. Paul quiets things down with an attempt to tie with an old school three-pointer, getting a floater to sink and getting a foul on Tucker. He makes the free throw.
Portis has a shot of his own here, he’s playing angry.
4.04am BST 04:04
Suns 79-79 Bucks, 10:54, 4th quarter
Portis gets some revenge by opening up the fourth quarter scoring. Kaminsky (?) answers. Sure Frank Kaminsky Podium Game time.
4.03am BST 04:03
Suns 77-77 Bucks, 12:00, 4th quarter
Well I’ve been predicting overtime every game here, and I’ve been wrong so far, but if any game has an overtime feel, well it’s one.
4.02am BST 04:02
Yeah on review that “Bobby Portis foul” was an offensive foul on Booker. But whatever, a tied game is more fun, I’ll allow it.
3.59am BST 03:59
Suns and Bucks are tied in the third quarter!
Suns 77-77 Bucks, end of the 3rd quarter
Booker with a wild shot, he gets a foul shot although he makes a lot of contact to begin with. The Milwaukee fans do not like it one bit. Booker on the line though, with a chance to tie things up. Giannis back in the game for the last few seconds here. Booker makes both. Holiday gets off a shot and it’s no good. IT’S TIED GOING TO THE FOURTH! THIS IS AMAZING!
3.56am BST 03:56
Suns 75-77 Bucks, 24.5, 3rd quarter
Brutal Phoenix turnover, which could haunt them in what promises not to be a blowout. Giannis with a rare miss and Kaminsky with a rarer dunk and it’s a two point game!
3.55am BST 03:55
Suns 73-77 Bucks, 1:08, 3rd quarter
Booker drives in and scores for Phoenix. They need to just get this a tad closer before the fourth quarter or at least prevent the Bucks from extending the lead.
3.54am BST 03:54
Suns 71-77 Bucks, 1:41, 3rd quarter
Middleton with a floater. Cam Johnson can’t connect on the Phoenix end, Connaughton gets the ball. Giannis is going to draw a foul on Crowder. He’s now desperate to get to the line, helps that it’s quieter here than in Phoenix. He hits both.
3.52am BST 03:52
Suns 71-73 Bucks, 2:45, 3rd quarter
Holiday-to-Antetokounmpo for a layup. What was I saying?
Oh hey Frank Kaminsky scored! That’s something I wasn’t expecting.
3.50am BST 03:50
I am honestly on the “Give the Finals MVP to Giannis even if the Suns win the series” bandwagon at this point, for what it’s worth.
3.48am BST 03:48
Suns 69-71 Bucks, 2:46, 3rd quarter
Booker gets it. The foul on the play was Pat Connaughton by the way, I’ll mention here with the Bucks, still up by a score, take a timeout to collect themselves.
3.47am BST 03:47
Suns 68-71 Bucks, 2:46, 3rd quarter
Crowder misses BUT Kaminsky gets the rebound and gives him a second chance, which he nails. That would be great for the Suns but Holiday hits a three pointer of his own.
Devin Booker gets two points credited to him after a Giannis goaltend. (It feels like a 50-50 call at first, but it does hit the backboard before he does so). Booker also gets a free throw here.. and there’s some sort of clock issue that delays it.
3.44am BST 03:44
Suns 63-68 Bucks, 4:09, 3rd quarter
Ayton picks up his fourth foul, which is bad for Phoenix who have a shortage of bigs, while Giannis gets to the line. He makes both free throws, because it’s that kind of game for him.
3.43am BST 03:43
Suns 63-66 Bucks, 4:24, 3rd quarter
Each team goes back and forth here with misses, but the crowd feels to be willing Milwaukee on. Lopez, at the very least, is feeling it as he takes a Holiday assist and converts it.
Paul, as he has been this game, tries to level things out for Phoenix with an old school jumper. One possession game.
3.41am BST 03:41
Suns 61-64 Bucks, 5:46, 3rd quarter
Here’s the problem for the Suns: Giannis. Giannis is the problem he scores for the Bucks. Paul immediately responds but Lopez responds to his response.
Crowder tries another three, but the trick doesn’t work. Lopez throws down on the other end and oof that might be a key play for the Bucks.
3.39am BST 03:39
Suns 59-58 Bucks, 7:15, 3rd quarter
Out of the timeout, Jae Crowder does his thing: he hits a massive three-pointer AND he picks up a foul on Giannis. A possible four-point play turns into an actual four-point play on the line.
3.37am BST 03:37
This new Ryan Reynolds movie looks like the movie that a fictionalized Ryan Reynolds character is promoting in a Hollywood satire that isn’t as sharp or funny as it think it is.
3.35am BST 03:35
Suns 55-58 Bucks, 7:26, 3rd quarter
Giannis misses a layup but finds that missed layup and lays it in and yes of course the Suns are going to call a timeout. Are the two teams trading bad quarters?
3.34am BST 03:34
Suns 55-56 Bucks, 8:08, 3rd quarter
Giannis with a jumper, Booker misses a three, Giannis gets back on the line. That’s a third on Ayton. Gianni’s first free throw hits the backboard, but drops in. That still counts. His second, is pure and true. Bucks lead!
3.32am BST 03:32
Suns 55-52 Bucks, 8:36, 3rd quarter
Oh these two are now officially at it. Holiday gets the ball from Booker and Booker has to foul here. Holiday makes both free throws.
3.30am BST 03:30
Suns 53-50 Bucks, 9:27, 3rd quarter
Booker with a long two that only he could make and the Bucks are in danger if he gets in his groove now. Of course, same could be said with the Suns if the Bucks get Holiday going. He scores to make it a one-possession game.
3.29am BST 03:29
Suns 51-48 Bucks, 10:18, 3rd quarter
Giannis with a three and it’s a one-point game. He is doing it all, almost too much so. They need some help from other guys!
Paul-finds-Ayton for an alley-oop dunk to get Phoenix some more separation.
3.28am BST 03:28
Suns 49-45 Bucks, 11:31, 3rd quarter
Giannis gets called for goaltending which gives points to Mikal Bridges but he scores and gets fouled immediately afterwards. He hits the free throw
3.26am BST 03:26
Start of the second half
Suns 47-42 Bucks, 12:00, 3rd quarter
This time it was extremely later than I thought!
3.25am BST 03:25
After all these years of NBA Finals liveblogging I still have zero idea when exactly the second half is going to start. It’s always either way sooner than I expect or way later.
3.18am BST 03:18
Meanwhile, Milwaukee has some issues it needs to work through:
3.15am BST 03:15
Chris Paul has heard the criticism: he has a team high 13 points plus four assists after a somewhat sluggish start.
You’ll never (i.e. probably) guess this but Giannis has the game-high halftime point total with 17.
3.12am BST 03:12
Well it was all about the second quarter, where the Suns sprung to life and the Bucks seemed to finally start to sputter. The Phoenix have a thin lead but it’s looking like this one’s going to be close all the way through.
3.11am BST 03:11
End of the 1st half: Suns 47-42 Bucks
Suns 47-42 Bucks, end of the first half
Giannis gets called for a block but the Suns get called for a 24 second violation that ends the possession before he do anything with it. Middleton misses on his end. Paul scores again and it’s looking like he doesn’t want his best shot at a ring to end tonight. Shot clock off, Bucks have possession and Paul picks up his second foul and Middleton gets on the line. That’s a good final possession for Milwaukee, especially as Middleton hits both. Suns fail to draw a foul, it comes but it comes after the buzzer so that’s that.
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3.07am BST 03:07
Suns 45-40 Bucks, 45.3, 2nd quarter
Oh now we’re doing the scoring thing I guess. Giannis scores, Paul finds Ayton for a layup and Brook Lopez scores… no he’s called for offensive goaltending?
That seems like a super-iffy call.
3.06am BST 03:06
Suns 43-40 Bucks, 1:46, 2nd quarter
Chris Paul with a jumper, Giannis with a layup. Paul immediately answers. This is more like the series I was expecting.
3.03am BST 03:03
This tweet echoes my thoughts on the commentary crew deciding to throw in a Dr. Fauci joke about this possibly being a super-spreader event.
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3.01am BST 03:01
Suns 39-36 Bucks, 3:11, 2nd quarter
The free throws are a big part in the Phoenix comeback here. Ayton gets to the line and gets both. Giannis knows he has to answer here and he does with a hookshot to keep pace.
Suns call a timeout after a few misses for both teams.
2.59am BST 02:59
Suns 37-34 Bucks, 3:52, 2nd quarter
Giannis to the line and now he misses one… but makes the second, it’s a single-point Phoenix lead.
Never mind, Paul with a jumper to extend things!
2.58am BST 02:58
Suns 35-33 Bucks, 4:18, 2nd quarter
And Ayton gets to the line, that’s a foul on Middleton, and he makes his free throws and Phoenix has a lead. Game Seven is back on the table.
2.57am BST 02:57
Suns 33-33 Bucks, 5:20, 2nd quarter
And hat was coming. Chris Paul dusts off the cobwebs and makes a layup and it’s a tied game. Brutal quarter for the Bucks.
2.53am BST 02:53
Suns 31-33 Bucks, 6:21, 2nd quarter
Bridges cuts the Bucks lead back to three points, Milwaukee has let the momentum slip. He then gets on the line after a Portis foul and makes one-of-two. Just two points now.
2.52am BST 02:52
Suns 28-33 Bucks, 6:43, 2nd quarter
“Dr. Fauci is cringing!” the announcers joke as they show a shot of the fans outside the stadium. Yeah this is super-funny joke material, guys. Portis gets on the line and makes two free throws but Booker responds quickly with a basket.
2.50am BST 02:50
Suns 26-31 Bucks, 7:32, 2nd quarter
Oh never mind, Portis is the stopper here scoring off a Holiday assist.
2.49am BST 02:49
Suns 26-29 Bucks, 8:25, 2nd quarter
Jae Crowder is one the line and he hits both and this is a one-possession game somehow now.
2.45am BST 02:45
Suns 24-29 Bucks, 8:47, 2nd quarter
Giannis with another block, the Bucks could do with some scoring in the second though. Connaughton attempts a long three and he doesn’t make it. It’s going good for Phoenix’s Camerons: Johnson hits a three pointer to cut the Bucks lead to five as Milwaukee has gone quiet on offense.
Lopez gets called for a foul and wants an explanation, so we get a Bucks timeout.
2.43am BST 02:43
Suns 21-29 Bucks, 10:17, 2nd quarter
Payne scores once again, this is a three-pointer, and Giannis gets called for travelling. Solid start for the Suns.
2.41am BST 02:41
Suns 18-29 Bucks, 10:34, 2nd quarter
That was the lowest scoring first quarter of the Suns’ playoff run and it felt like it. Both teams look not great to start the second. Payne, Phoenix’s leading scorer so far, gets things going finally.