Giannis Antetokounmpo may have delivered the game-sealing dunk for the Milwaukee Bucks in Saturday's 123-119 Game 5 win, but it was Jrue Holiday who made it all possible.
Holiday pulled off two clutch plays in the final seconds of Saturday's win, first stealing the ball from Devin Booker before delivering a lob to Antetokounmpo for the and-one dunk.
After the game, Holiday suggested his steal from Booker had some luck in it because the Suns guard just happened to turn into him at a crucial point in the game.
"He turned right into me. I guess I was just in the right place at the right time," Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said on the steal from Suns guard Devin Booker.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 18, 2021
The 31-year-old also mentioned that on the alley-oop, he noticed Antetokounmpo running and decided to throw the ball to him at the basket, which speaks volumes about the chemistry the duo has built over the 2020-21 season.
"Giannis took off and he was running for the ball. At that point, I threw it as high as a I could," Jrue said.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 18, 2021
Holiday finished the game with 27 points, four rebounds, 13 assists and three steals in 42 minutes. His big performance comes after he struggled through the first couple of games in the series.
After going down 2-0 to the Suns in the NBA Finals Antetokounmpo backed Holiday, saying, "I know he's going to be there when we need him the most, and I don't worry about it."
He certainly showed up in Game 5, and now the Bucks have the chance to close out the series on Tuesday to win their first title since 1971.