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Sam Merrill, Elijah Bryant, Milwaukee Bucks Defeat Atlanta Hawks, Advance To NBA Finals

Jul 3, 2021, 9:01 PM | Updated: 9:31 pm
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Sam Merrill #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) and Jalen Jones #5 of the Philadelphia 76ers steals the ball from Elijah Bryant #19 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 76ers defeated the Bucks 107-106. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Sam Merrill, Elijah Bryant, and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals.

The Bucks won the series, 4-2, with a Game 6 victory on Saturday, July 3.

Milwaukee won the elimination game, 118-107.

Bryant played in three games in the series against the Hawks and Merrill appeared in two of the Eastern Conference Finals contests.

With the victory, the former Utah State and BYU stars and current rookies will represent the state of Utah in the NBA Finals.

During the Bucks’ postseason run, Merrill has averaged 0.7 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.1 assists per game in seven contests.

Bryant has played in 10 of Milwaukee’s playoff games. In those games, he has averaged 1.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per contest.

The Bucks will play the Phoenix Suns for this season’s NBA title.

Phoenix owns home court advantage during the championship series. The Suns will the Bucks for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on ABC.

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