NBA Finals: Bucks vs Suns Game 3 Takeaways

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo makes NBA history again in Game 3 of the Finals

The Bucks' victory was significant, and the Suns' loss was disheartening for a squad that had dominated the first two games of the series. 

Nonetheless, neither team can afford to dwell on it for too long because Game 4 is on Wednesday night. 

Here are some takeaways from thee latest championship game in Milwaukee.

Giannis' Makes History Again

"I'm not Michael Jordan, but all I care about right now is getting one more.". The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo humbly said after becoming only the sixth player in NBA Finals history to score 40 points in consecutive games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's 41 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in 38 minutes helped the Bucks win their first NBA Finals game at home since 1974, defeating the Phoenix Suns 120-100 in a must-win Game 3. After scoring 42 points in Game 2, Antetokounmpo became the first player in the last 50 years to score 40 points in consecutive Finals games, joining LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and Michael Jordan.

A Match to Forget for the Suns

While the sweet victory turned the spotlight on the Bucks', the sky didn't seem to shine for Suns.

The Bucks dominated the Suns in the paint and on the offensive boards in Game 3, and it proved to be crucial. Milwaukee had 13 offensive rebounds to Phoenix's six, and it dominated the Suns 20-2 on second-chance points. Because offensive rebounding is a game of effort, the Bucks were the more motivated - and tough - team on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo's free-throw shooting has been a significant theme throughout the postseason, as the two-time MVP has struggled at the line. This equates to 76 percent, a significant increase from his postseason average of 55 percent. When he's hitting his free throws at such a high rate, the Bucks become difficult to beat.

Devin Booker has been one of the postseason's biggest surprises, but his performance in Game 3 seemed to be a little poor. Booker got off to a terrible start, going 1 for 7 in the first quarter, and he never really got back on track after that. Booker finished the game with 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Booker only played 29 minutes in the game, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were already up large - in part because of Booker's inability to score earlier in the game.

What's Next in Game 4?

Antetokounmpo's stats are outstanding, especially considering that this is his first Finals appearance. He now has 103 total points in three finals games, fourth-most all-time behind Rick Barry (122 points), Allen Iverson (106 points), and Willis Reed (104 points). If he can maintain his current level of performance, the Bucks will have a good chance to win their first championship since 1971.

The 10 points that Booker scored in Game 3 were the fewest he produced in any game this postseason. Moving forward, the Suns will obviously need Booker to get back on track if they are going to pull out two more wins in the series to claim their first-ever NBA title.