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NBA – The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns start well, Chris Paul already imperial

Bucks – Bulls : 93-86

Milwaukee leads the series 1-0

It seems that defense wins titles. The Bucks know this. Champions last year, relying in particular on the athletic and defensive qualities of their best players, Mike Budenholzer’s men have this ability to stifle their opponents. The Bulls paid the price from the opening of the first-round series between the two teams. Milwaukee won by limiting Chicago to 86 points (93-86). The lightest note conceded by the Bucks this season. And yet, Giannis Antetokounmpo (27 points and 16 rebounds) and his teammates were still scared.

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The Wisconsin franchise attacked the game with a bang to quickly take a 16-point lead (32-16). A gap that the Bucks were unable to hold, the fault of uninspired players offensively. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, Giannis’ lieutenants, finished 10 of 29 in cumulative shooting. But the Bulls suffered even more. Only 32% success for Billy Donovan’s players, including 18% at three-pointers. Their star DeMar DeRozan finished with a meager 6 of 25. A clumsiness that cost dearly in the fourth quarter, when Chicago converted only 6 of its 28 attempts (1 of 12 from behind the arc). The Bucks then passed an 8-0 to regain the lost advantage (85-78). But there again, they were unable to maintain this gap.

Nikola Vucevic (24 points and 17 rebounds) and company returned to a short length (87-86). But not more. It is Milwaukee who leaves with the victory. “We have to win the ugly matchesremarked Jrue Holiday. This was the case tonight.” Effectively, that’s all that matters for the Bucks. The competition is still long. So for the way, we will see later.

Suns – Pelicans : 110-99

Phoenix leads the series 1-0

With Chris Paul, it’s often the same routine: he distributes the ball to all his teammates for three quarters. Then, once in the last minutes, the money time, he takes responsibility for finishing off his opponents himself. Especially if the game is tight. Although the Suns dominated the first half of the match against the Pelicans, taking a 19-point lead (53-34), they were still forced to play to the end. Indeed, their opponents made the forcing late. Then CP3 went there to calm everyone down and offer a first victory to the title finalists (110-99).

The veteran scored 19 of his 30 points in the final 12 minutes. An exceptional recital with a series of award-winning baskets. The Pelicans had returned to 7 lengths (80-73) when Paul decided to take the match on his own. He scored 17 of the 19 points scored by the Suns in the space of 5 minutes. The most decisive 5 minutes of the game since the gap then rose to 14 points in favor of the Arizona franchise (99-85). She was not contacted afterwards. Paul also added 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals. His teammate Devin Booker scored 25 points, along with 8 assists. Opposite, note the 25 points for CJ McCollum and 25 rebounds for Jonas Valanciunas.

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