Suns face elimination after losing Game 5 to Bucks

Alison Rombough

The Phoenix Suns are on the wrong end of elimination from the playoffs for the first time in this year’s postseason — and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Squandering a 16-point, first-half lead, the Suns dropped a third straight game to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals with Saturday’s 123-119 Game 5 loss before a sellout crowd of 16,562 at Footprint Center in what may be Phoenix’s last game of the season in its renamed home arena.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy,” Suns All-Star point guard Chris Paul said. “We didn’t expect it to be. It’s hard. Coach said it all year long, everything we want is on the other side of hard and it don’t get no harder than this. So, we got to regroup, learn from this game, but it’s over, we got to get ready for Game 6.”

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