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Result: Milwaukee Bucks close in on NBA title

Result: Milwaukee Bucks close in on NBA title
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Phoenix started as the better side, holding a double-digit lead early.

The Milwaukee Bucks are one win away from their second NBA championship after edging out the Phoenix Suns 123-119.

The Bucks lost the first two of their best-of-seven series but took the next couple on their home court, and impressed in Arizona to give them a chance to seal the title in front of their own fans.

Phoenix started as the better side, holding a double-digit lead early and going on to outscore the Bucks 37-21 in the first quarter.

But Milwaukee hit back in the next 12 minutes putting on 43 to make it 64-61 in their favour at the half.

The Bucks looked to be in the driving seat from there on, as they amassed a lead of 13 with three minutes left to play in the third.

Phoenix refused to be downed, with Devin Booker (40 points) and Chris Paul (21) keeping the Suns in the game, while Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a trio of late free throws which could have seen the Bucks home and hosed.

Antetokounmpo, who finished with 32 points, extended Milwaukee's lead to three with 13.5 seconds left with a dunk and Khris Middleton drained a free throw with 9.8 seconds left to wrap up the win.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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