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Milwaukee Bucks bounce back to force series decider against Brooklyn Nets

Milwaukee Bucks bounce back to force series decider against Brooklyn Nets
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Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for 68 points at the Fiserv Forum.

The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a disappointing game five to comfortably defeat the Brooklyn Nets 104-89 and force their Eastern Conference semi-final series into a deciding game seven.

After their previous outing was derailed by a scoring masterclass from Kevin Durant, the Bucks were noticeably more aggressive on both sides of the ball in game six.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was at his dominant best working in the post, relying on his size to steamroll his way to the basket rather than settle for outside shots.

Antetokoumpo's effort caving the defence down low enabled Khris Middleton to take on the primary scoring role, finishing five-for-eight from deep and chiming in with crucial buckets every time Brooklyn threatened to go on a run.

Middleton led the way for Milwaukee with 38, while James Harden contributed 16 points and seven assists for Brooklyn.

Though Durant still managed 32 points, the physicality of Milwaukee's defence did enough to contain him down the stretch, with a late 14-point run from the Bucks enough to ensure the two sides would meet again in Brooklyn on Sunday.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States22251764
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia12211750
Great BritainGreat Britain11121235
Today's Olympic highlights header

Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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