Bucks heading to first NBA Finals since 1974 after beating Hawks in Game 6

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ATLANTA — The Milwaukee Bucks are heading back to the NBA Finals for the first time nearly 50 years.

After beating the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, the Bucks will face the Phoenix Suns in Milwaukee’s first trip to the championship round since 1974.

Milwaukee has not won a championship since winning its only title in 1971, 50 years ago this season.

Most impressively, Milwaukee won the last two games of the series without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went down in Game Four with a knee injury.

Hawks star Trae Young did make his return in Game Six, but it was not enough to get past Khris Middleton and the Bucks and force a Game Seven.

When the Bucks take on the Suns next week in the NBA Finals, it will be historic. Neither team has been in the Finals for at least 25 years (Phoenix – 1993), with neither winning in half of a century (Milwaukee – 1971, Phoenix – never).

Tipoff for those games will be announced at a later time, but Games One and Two will be played in Phoenix.

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