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NBA roundup: Milwaukee Bucks move closer to second seed in East

NBA roundup: Milwaukee Bucks move closer to second seed in East
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The rivals are on track to meet in the first round of the post-season.

The Milwaukee Bucks continued their charge towards securing the Eastern Conference's number two seed with a 122-108 win over the Miami Heat.

Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes poured in 21 points each for the Bucks in a preview of their possible first-round play-offs encounter against the Heat, who knocked Milwaukee out of the post-season last year.

The Bucks, currently third in the East, could snatch second seeding if they beat the Chicago Bulls on Sunday and the Brooklyn Nets lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami will qualify either fifth or sixth.

The Nets had their three biggest players – Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden – on court together for the first time in three months as they took on the Bulls in New York.

The big three did not make a huge impact – Irving top-scored among the trio with 22 points – but the hosts still overcame a 12-0 deficit in the first quarter to finish 105-91 victors over Chicago, who were knocked out of play-in contention on Friday.

Across town Julius Randle had 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as his New York Knicks went 118-109 over the Charlotte Hornets in overtime.

Milwaukee's win over Miami means New York clinch the East's fourth seed if on Sunday they defeat the Boston Celtics, who cannot improve their position after locking in a spot in the play-in.

The Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak after accounting for the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-108 in Minneapolis, with Jayson Tatum scoring 26 points and adding 11 rebounds.

Devin Booker had 27 points as his Phoenix Suns kept alive their hopes of taking the top seed in the Western Conference from the Utah Jazz with a 140-103 drubbing of the San Antonio Spurs in which 13 different Suns players scored points and seven hit double figures.

The Los Angeles Lakers kept alive their hopes of avoiding the West's play-in after a 122-115 victory against the Indiana Pacers – the Lakers can make their conference's top six if they beat the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets defeat the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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