PHOENIX, AZ – Posting yet another double-double, former Wildcat Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns take a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
It wasn’t the prettiest of performances, but at this stage, getting wins in the NBA Finals is all that matters, and after posting a stat line of 10 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks, Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns came away with the 118-108 win.
Fresh off a win in game one in which Ayton nearly posted 22 points and 20 rebounds, game two didn’t have quite the same dominant performance from the Bahamian big man.
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Nonetheless, packed inside Talking Stick Arena again, adorned with thousands of title-starved and raucous Suns fans dressed in orange, purple, and black, Phoenix was ready for game two.
From the start, Phoenix was rusty. Unlike game one, the team missed shots and missed defensive assignments as they dug themselves into an early, 23-17 deficit.
However, Phoenix responded outscoring Milwaukee 30-16 in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead at the half.
Key plays in the second half help spark Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns as they take a 2-0 series lead.
Using big runs in the third quarter, Phoenix would see their lead extend to as many as 15 points before the Bucks would start to climb back in, even pulling within five before the Suns pushed their lead back to 10 points to start the fourth.
Needing big plays from virtually everyone, Ayton and Co. would step up in a big way, keeping step-for-step as Gianna Antetokounmpo would post 20 points in the third quarter alone.
In the fourth quarter, he was just as impressive. Trying to will the Bucks to the game two win, Milwaukee would pull within six before the Suns would close the door for good, making key defensive plays down the stretch to come away with the 118-108 win.
With the victory, Phoenix is now two wins away from winning their first NBA Title ever in franchise history!
Listen to Ayton following the win!