Milwaukee Bucks push back Atlanta Hawks to win third NBA Finals appearance

The Milwaukee Bucks will meet the Phoenix Suns in this year’s NBA Finals after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 118-107 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After an austere first half saw neither of the teams able to click offensively, Khris Middleton sparked a game-changer in the third quarter for the Bucks.

Stepping up in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo who sat down with a knee injury, Middleton scored 16 straight halftime points to bring Milwaukee to the brink of his first final appearance since 1974.

However, the Hawks weren’t determined to let the Bucks sail to the finish line.

Cam Reddish led a late rally for Atlanta which reduced a 22-point deficit to just six in the dying minutes.

But his 21-point effort was ultimately not enough as the Bucks held on to win the series four games to two.

Middleton scored the best goal for Milwaukee with 32 points, while Atlanta’s Trae Young was still hampered by the ankle injury he suffered earlier in the series, scoring just 14 points.

Game 1 of the top seven NBA Finals series kicks off on Tuesday evening (Wednesday UK time).

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