The Milwaukee Bucks will play the NBA final against the Phoenix Suns after beating the Atlanta Hawks 107-118 on Saturday night and winning the Eastern Conference final 4-2 without the need for their star, the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo It is the first time since 1974 that the Bucks have reached the NBA Finals.
The game, which in the first half was dominated by the nervousness and imprecision of the two teams, was decided in the third quarter, when Khris Middleton exploded and scored 4 3-pointers and a total of 23 points, which launched the Bucks.
Those of Milwaukee scored in the third period a total of 44 points by 29 Hawks and Middleton made only 4 points all the Bucks rose in the second quarter.
Hawks star point guard Trae Young , who returned to play after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, was unable to repeat the performance of other games and push Atlanta to victory. Young scored only 14 points.
The game’s top scorer was Khris Middleton, with 32 points, followed by Jrue Holiday, with 27. For the Hawks, the top scorer was Cam Reddish, with 21 points.
Going 3-2 in the series in favor of the Bucks, Hawks coach Nate McMillan had no choice but to put Trae Young on the floor and try to force Game 7 even though the point guard was still out. fully recovered from the ankle injury suffered in the third game of the series.
On the other side of the court, Mike Budenholzer had more leeway. The Bucks coach decided to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo in street clothes to allow the Greek star to fully recover from the hyperextension of his knee suffered in Game 4.