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Suns rebound from turbulent 1st quarter in do-or-die Game 6 of Finals

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul tries to pass around Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton during the first half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Facing elimination, the Phoenix Suns struggled out of the gate in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks but rebounded to find themselves up 47-42 at the half.

The Bucks – helped by poor Phoenix shooting and turnovers – built a 13-point lead at one point in the first quarter, but that lead was wiped away by the Suns in a strong second quarter for Phoenix.

The Suns scored 31 points in the second quarter while the team’s defense stood up to the Bucks and only allowed 13 points.

Much of that can be attributed to the Suns cleaning up their game while the Bucks offense went ice cold.

The Suns turned the ball over five times in the first quarter, but only gave the ball away twice in the second quarter.

That helped provide more opportunities for an offense that figured it out after starting out with a cap on the bucket.

Phoenix shot only 29% from the floor in the first quarter (7-of-24) but shot a solid 63% (10-of-16) in the second quarter.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, was only four-of-19 from the floor for a 21% shooting percentage in the second quarter after shooting 48% (11-of-23) in the first quarter.

Chris Paul led the Suns with 13 points at the half, while Cam Payne added a solid 10 points off the bench.

The Suns are trying to force a Game 7 on Thursday in Phoenix.

Listen to all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Suns Station.


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