Bucks beat Hawks, head to NBA Finals for 1st time since 1974
Posted: Jul 3, 2021 10:11 PM CDT
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are headed back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974.
They didn't even need two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to lock up their spot.
Khris Middleton scored 32 points, including a run of 16 straight points in a decisive third quarter for a 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference final.
Milwaukee won the series 4-2, advancing to face the Suns in the NBA Finals.
Trae Young returned to the Hawks' lineup after missing two games with a foot injury.
But it wasn't enough to extend Atlanta's surprising playoff run.