Bucks focused on ending long NBA drought

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High atop the outside of Fiserv Forum - way above even a leaping Giannis Antetokounmpo's reach - blares the Bucks' postseason motto.

"HISTORY IN THE MAKING" it reads, a sign and a situation that's now impossible to ignore.

They can indeed make history Tuesday night as Milwaukee's first NBA champions since 1971. But the Bucks have to resist thinking about what happens if they beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 6.

"It's hard not to get ahead of yourself. But this is the time that you've got to be the most disciplined," Antetokounmpo said Monday.

The Bucks have won the last three games to set up a potential party 50 years in the making.

Around 17,000 fans are expected inside the arena and the Bucks announced Monday that the Deer District has been expanded to allow up to 65,000 fans to stand shoulder-to-shoulder outside.

Whatever the number is Tuesday, it will sound a whole lot louder if the Bucks are lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

"But we got to focus, we got to do our job," Antetokounmpo added.

"Then they can do their job celebrating at the end. But we got to do our job first."

The Suns are excited, too.

That's how Chris Paul said they feel, despite blowing a 2-0 lead and facing elimination for the first time in this postseason.

"If you went to the beginning of the season and said we had a chance to be where we are right now, would you take it? Absolutely," Paul said.

"And we get a chance to determine the outcome. It's not like the game is going to be simulated or somebody else's got to play ... So I think that's the exciting part about it."

If the Suns do win, they would take the series back to Phoenix for Thursday's Game 7.

Devin Booker has scored 40 points in consecutive games, something Antetokounmpo did earlier this series and only five others have done in the NBA Finals.

Just two years ago, the Bucks had the league's best record and were two wins away from their first NBA Finals since 1974 before losing a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals against Toronto.

Milwaukee were behind 2-0 to Brooklyn in this season's second round and are now a victory away from overcoming that deficit again.

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