In Game 3, Antetokounmpo Didn’t Do All of the Work

The Bucks played well even without their star on the floor, and cut the Suns’ lead to two games to one.

By Sopan Deb

MILWAUKEE — With about 3:44 left in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks were leading the Phoenix Suns by 8 points in Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals after a basket by Giannis Antetokounmpo. It was a crucial opportunity to build momentum heading into halftime, and Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer pulled Antetokounmpo from the game to try to buy his superstar some rest.

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