2021 NBA Finals

The Wrap: Full coverage from Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals

Catch up on all the highlights, analysis and postgame comments from Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.

Game 1 Final Score: Suns 118, Bucks 105 | Series coverage

The Lede: The Bucks had Chris Paul right where they wanted him … for one quarter, at least. After going scoreless in the first quarter, the future Hall of Fame point guard pushed the turbo button, going off for 32 points over the next three quarters, powering the Suns to an impressive 118-105 victory over Milwaukee in The Finals opener. But Paul didn’t do it all himself, getting big help from Devin Booker (27 points) and Deandre Ayton (22 points, 19 rebounds). Giannis Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, returned to action after missing the last 3 games of the East finals, scoring 20 points and snatching 17 rebounds.

Game 1 Coverage:

Video Recap

Game 1 Recap & Box Score

Video Box Score | Shotcharts

Game 1 Mini-Movie

Best of Phantom Cam: Game 1


24 Thoughts on Game 1

Powell: Return of Giannis can’t slow down scorching Suns

Aschburner: 5 things we learned from Game 1

Inside the Box Score: Deep stats from Game 1

Film Study: Suns attack Lopez early and often

Finals MVP Ladder: Paul maintains top spot


The Bucks may need to change up how Jrue Holiday is utilized on defense if they hope to tie up The Finals.

Shaq’s advice to Giannis: ‘You have to take it to that next level’

What adjustments do Bucks need to make for Game 2?

How can Milwaukee turn things around in Game 2 against Suns?

• First impressions on Suns’ Game 1 victory 

Finals Film Room: Giannis’ impact in Game 1

Finals Film Room: Bucks defending the pick-and-roll

Top Plays & Highlights

Giannis Antetokounmpo returns for Milwaukee, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix takes Game 1 of The 2021 NBA Finals.

Ultimate Highlight: Suns shine bright to take Game 1

Full Focus: Paul sparks Suns in second half

Top 5 Plays from Game 1

The Fast Break

Nightly Notable: Devin Booker

Play of the Day: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Must-See: Giannis with ridiculous chasedown block

Must-See: Paul shows off slick handles, blows past Portis

Chris Paul delivers 32 points in Finals’ debut

Ayton turns in monster double-double: 22 points, 19 rebounds

Postgame News Conferences & Interviews

After the Suns won Game 1 of The FInals, Devin Booker reflects on his long road to playoff success in Phoenix.

 Booker: ‘I wouldn’t want the journey to be any other’

Chris Paul: ‘We’ve been building (trust) all season long’

Giannis: ‘My knee was stable … did not feel pain’

Williams on relationship with CP3: ‘There’s a trust there’

Bridges: ‘I’m just trying to help my team win’