PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ stellar shooting night sets record for wrong reasons

Jul 18, 2021, 11:07 AM | Updated: Jul 19, 2021, 12:41 pm

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In most scenarios, a basketball team that shoots 55% from the field and 60% from the three point line on their home floor will be victorious.

Sadly, the NBA Finals are not like most scenarios.

The Phoenix Suns became the first NBA team in history to lose in the playoffs while shooting at such high percentages in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Led by Devin Booker’s 40 points on 17-for-33 shooting, the Suns were unable to keep pace with the Bucks in the second and third quarters when they were outscored 79-53.

Every starter for the Suns shot better than 50% from both the field and three point line, but Milwaukee stayed equally on target making 57% of their shots, including 50% of their three point attempts.

Suns wings Cam Johnson and Mikal Bridges missed only one shot each and both players were perfect from the three point line, shooting a combined 5-for-5 from behind the arc.

However, the duo only hoisted a combined nine shots through the entire game as 60 of the team’s 87 shot attempts came from Booker, Chris Paul or Deandre Ayton.

Putting up 119 points against Milwaukee’s defense proves the Suns have the firepower to hang with the Bucks.

Phoenix now has to prove they can make the defensive adjustments to hold Milwaukee in check.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton warms up before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez warms up before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Fans cheer before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul warms up before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, right, reaches for the ball held by Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Vanessa Hudgens performs the national anthem before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James, center, watches during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo warms up before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Phoenix Suns mascot gestures before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne, bottom, reaches for the ball under Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, middle, shoots between Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and guard Cameron Payne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton, right, is defended by Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks guard Jeff Teague, left, and forward P.J. Tucker during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Vanessa Hudgens performs the national anthem before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Performers cheer before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Musician Adele, center, watches during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis reacts during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, middle, shoots against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Phoenix Suns guard Langston Galloway during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, center, watches during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) reacts after being fouled by Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams gestures during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, top, celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) after the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) looks toward the ball over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) is defended by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, middle, and forward Jae Crowder during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks' P.J. Tucker, from left, celebrates with Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 
              Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne (15) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
            
              Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, top, dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, stands next to guard Devin Booker during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns fans remain in their seats after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Suns in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 
              Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, from left, celebrates with Khris Middleton and P.J. Tucker during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
            
              Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James smiles during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, drives against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
            
              Milwaukee Bucks guard Jeff Teague, right, shoots against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Phoenix Suns players react during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker, left, celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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