Chris Paul shines as Suns down Bucks in Game 1

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Chris Paul starred for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night as the team picked up its first win in the NBA Finals since 1993, knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1, 118-105.

The veteran point guard had an outstanding performance in his first-ever NBA Finals game. He finished with 32 points, four rebounds and nine assists. He was 12-for-19 from the field overall and 4-for-7 from three-point range.

Six Phoenix players were in double figures in scoring, including Paul. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton also had terrific games to help with the win. Booker finished with 27 points, six assists and three steals. Ayton had 22 points and 19 rebounds.

One of the bigger factors in the Suns’ win came at the foul line. Phoenix’s only missed free-throw came in the fourth quarter. The Suns finished 25-for-26 at the line. Milwaukee was only 9-for-16.

Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the Bucks and started Game 1 after hyperextending his knee in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. He had 20 points and 17 rebounds in a phenomenal performance.

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