By Tyler Keller, Director of Basketball Personnel
Jul 18, 2021

Phoenix came out on fire at home in Game 5, leading by 16 after the first quarter, but Milwaukee responded in the second, going into the half with a three point cushion. The Bucks jumped out to a comfortable lead in the third, but the Suns came storming back at the end. Down by only one, Devin Booker had the ball stripped out of his hands by Jrue Holiday, who went down the court and lobbed it to Giannis for the eventual game-sealing, greatest alley-oop of all-time. Book finished with 40 points and the Greek Freak tallied 32.

  • Devin Booker is the 1st Suns player to score 40+ PTS during consecutive playoff GP in franchise history
  • Phoenix Suns are the 1st team to lose a playoff game while recording 55+ FG% & 60+ 3P% in NBA history
  • Booker is the 1st player to lose consecutive Finals GP during which he scored 40+ PTS in NBA history
  • Booker & Giannis are the 1st pair of players with 40+ PTS each multiple times during the same Finals in NBA history
  • Bucks are the 1st team to lead at halftime of a Finals game despite trailing by 15+ PTS after the 1st Qtr since the 1957 Hawks
  • Antetokounmpo, Holiday, and Middleton are the 1st trio in NBA Finals history with 25+ PTS & 50+ FG% each since 1985
  • Milwaukee trailed by 16 PTS at the end of the 1st quarter and won. This is the 2nd-largest such comeback in Finals history
  • The Bucks are the 1st team to go down 0-2 and win the next 3 games in an NBA Finals since the Miami Heat in 2006
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Up by one with only about 20 seconds remaining, Jrue Holiday picked Devin Booker’s pocket and started dribbling the other way. Instead of playing it safe and holding onto the ball to take the foul, he saw Giannis streaking down the court. He lobbed the ball up to his athletic teammate, who finished the tough oop through contact for the game-winning bucket. This play was the greatest alley-oop of all-time, considering the high-leverage circumstances.

Not only was Holiday’s vision and the Greek Freak’s athleticism outstanding, but the severity of the moment is what rose it above the rest. It was a pivotal Game 5 on the road in the NBA Finals, and it put the Bucks one win away from their first Finals win since 1974. It very well could go down as their season-defining play, and no alley-oop will likely come close to being this significant for years and years to come.

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