Ayton finished Saturday's Game 5 NBA Finals loss to the Bucks with 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal over 45 minutes. The center has excelled on the boards in the Finals, averaging 13.2 rebounds per game. He bounced back from a six-point scoring effort in Game 4 with 20 points Saturday, his second-highest scoring total of the series. Ayton is shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 94.1 percent from the charity stripe through the first five games of the Finals, and he has rounded out the superb percentages with 15.2 points, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in addition to his big numbers on the boards.
Ayton finished Wednesday's Game 4 against the Bucks with six points (3-9 FG), 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Ayton wasn't a major factor in the offense on a night when Devin Booker accounted for 28 of the Suns' 78 field-goal attempts as a team. Ayton's six points snapped a 13-game double-digit scoring streak, though he continues to pile up rebounds at an alarming rate. Dating back to Game 4 against the Clippers, Ayton has double-digit boards in six of his last seven appearances. His five assists in Game 4 were his most in any game since January of 2020.
Ayton recorded 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes during Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Bucks. Ayton had an excellent per-minute performance in Game 3, but most of his teammates struggled as the Bucks secured a 20-point win that involved plenty of garbage time. With Sunday's effort, Ayton increased his double-digit scoring streak to 13 games. During this stretch -- which started with Game 1 of the second-round series against Denver -- Ayton is averaging 16.5 points on 66.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks in 35.7 minutes.
Ayton closed with 22 points (8-10 FG, 6-6 FT), 19 rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 118-105 victory over the Bucks. Ayton continues to thrive in what has been a breakout playoff series thus far. While he did fail to record a block, his impression was all over the defensive end with his mere presence certainly impacting a number of Bucks' shot attempts. Brook Lopez does not have the speed or athleticism to match Ayton, so the Bucks may opt to go with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the center spot. This was a strategy they employed down the stretch in Game 1, and, despite the loss, it did appear to have some merit.
Ayton collected 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-2 FT), 17 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 130-103 victory over the Clippers. Ayton finished the series just like he started it, helping propel the Suns to the NBA Finals, where they will face either the Bucks or the Hawks. It's been a tale of two cities for Ayton when comparing his regular season and playoff production. He has been able to play with a level of consistency and vigor that eluded him for much of the regular season. His play has certainly made many people sit up and take notice.
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