Bucks blowout Suns, trail NBA Finals 2-1

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks made the NBA Finals' return to Milwaukee a slamming success.

The way the Greek Freak is going, the party might just be getting started.

The first NBA Finals game in Milwaukee since 1974 went to the home team in a romp.

Antetokounmpo had 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and the Bucks pounded Phoenix 120-100 on Sunday night at Fiserv Forum, cutting the Suns' lead to 2-1.

"We knew what type of game it was going to be, we knew that we had to come here, play good basketball, compete as hard as possible and I was just trying to be aggressive," Antetokounmpo said.

Game 4 is Wednesday night, with the series guaranteed to go back to Phoenix afterward.

Antetokounmpo, who missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals because of a hyperextended left knee and was no sure thing to even be ready to start this series, followed up his 42-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 2 by doing it all again - even making his free throws this time.

Back in front of his own fans and free of the loud counts he's been hearing on the road, Antetokounmpo went 13-of-17 at the line.

Backing up Antetokounmpo was point guard Jrue Holiday who finished with 21 points and Khris Middleton who added 18.

"In order for us to be back (in) this series and give ourselves an opportunity to win this game, to win this series, to be champions, we got to bring it," Antetokounmpo added.

"We've got to stay aggressive, it's all mental right now."

Fans broke out their "Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!" chant as Milwaukee started to pull away in the first half and then again as the benches emptied with the final minutes.

The Bucks are seeking their second NBA title and hadn't even played for one in 47 years. They grabbed control of this game by outscoring Phoenix 30-9 over the last nine minutes of the second quarter, then ending the third with a 16-0 finish.

"We knew what we had to do," Holiday said.

"We've been in this position before. We knew what this game meant to us and meant to the city."

The Bucks, who lost the first two games against the Brooklyn Nets in the second round, avoided falling into a 3-0 hole from which no NBA team has escaped.

They limited the Suns to nine three-pointers after Phoenix hit 20 in their Game 2 victory.

The Suns scored 118 points in each of the first two games to build a 2-0 series lead but shot 29 per cent from deep in Game 3.

Chris Paul had 19 points and nine assists, and Phoenix got 18-apiece from Jae Crowder and DeAndre Ayton. But the visitors got next to nothing from Devin Booker who scored just 10 points off 3-of-14 shooting.

Booker missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half and sat out the entire fourth quarter.

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