Chris Paul scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 118-105 win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.
Paul's effort propelled Phoenix to a 35-point third quarter that enabled the Suns to take a 92-76 lead into the fourth. The Bucks cut the deficit to as few as seven points, but that's as close as Milwaukee would get before Phoenix wrapped up its win.
Devin Booker pitched in 27 points for the Suns, and Deandre Ayton added a 22-point, 19-rebound double-double.
Two-time NBA MVP and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup after suffering a hyperextension of his left knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals last Tuesday, which forced him to miss Games 5 and 6 of that matchup. He posted 20 points and 17 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Khris Middleton led all Bucks scorers with 29 points on 12-of-26 shooting.
Suns PG Chris Paul: 32 points, 9 assists
Suns SG Devin Booker: 27 points, 6 assists, 3 steals
Suns C Deandre Ayton: 22 points, 19 rebounds
Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo: 20 points, 17 rebounds
Bucks F Khris Middleton: 29 points, 7 rebounds
Bucks G Jrue Holiday: 10 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds
Chris Paul Continues Torrid Postseason Pace
Phoenix will host Game 2 of the best-of-seven series on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.