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Sam Merrill breaks NBA record with Milwaukee Bucks

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Utah State’s Sam Merrill plays against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game for the Mountain West Conference men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)


Former Bountiful High and Utah State star Sam Merrill has played in just four NBA games in his young career for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he’s already set an NBA all-time record.

On Tuesday night as the Bucks played the Miami Heat, Merrill hit what was Milwaukee’s 28th 3-pointer of the game, which was a new mark for most treys ever made by a team in a single contest, besting the 27 the Houston Rockets hit against the Phoenix Suns in April of last year.

With 6:10 remaining in the game Tuesday night, Merrill pulled up a few feet behind the 3-point line, rose up and sank the shot. It was his only shot attempt of the contest, although he played nine minutes in the fourth quarter as the Bucks had the game in hand and ultimately won by a whopping 47 points.

Milwaukee made one more 3 on the night, a shot by Bryn Forbes, to set the new all-time mark at 29.

The 60th pick of the NBA draft last month, Merrill has played mostly garbage time minutes so far for the Bucks, although he has gotten in every game so far. Not only that, but he is perfect from beyond the arc, having made all four of his attempts (which account for all of his 12 points so far).

He did miss one shot on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.

In all, Merrill has played 29 minutes this season. Beside the 12 points, he has tallied eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal.