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Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks came from behind in Game 4 to beat the Pheonix Suns, 109-103, in an instant classic that tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece.

By the numbers: Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 40 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything (26-14-8-3-2), and Pat Connaughton was huge off the bench (11 points, +21 plus-minus).

  • Devin Booker had his third 40-point game of the postseason for the Suns, but Chris Paul (10 points and five turnovers) and Deandre Ayton (limited to six points) struggled.

Wild stat: Antetokounmpo and Middleton are the third pair of teammates over the last 50 years to each have a 40-point game in an NBA Finals, joining LeBron James/Kyrie Irving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Magic Johnson.

  • LeBron, Kyrie, Kareem and Magic were all No. 1 picks and generational prospects; dominating the NBA Finals was their destiny.
  • But Giannis and Khris? Such a feat was unthinkable a decade ago, when one of them was a little-known prospect in Greece and the other was a three-star recruit out of Charleston, South Carolina.

The big picture: "Khris is the heart of this team, and Giannis is the soul," said Bucks guard Jrue Holiday. Together, they form perhaps the most unlikely superstar tandem in sports.

  • Heart: Middleton was a second-round pick out of Texas A&M and spent most of his rookie season in the G League, later becoming the first G League player to be named an NBA All-Star.
  • Soul: Antetokounmpo grew up poor, selling handbags and sunglasses on the streets of Athens to support his family. Here's the first basketball footage most people saw of him. Nobody predicted this.
Block of the night
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

"The Greek Freak" made one of the best blocks in NBA Finals history, denying a lob dunk attempt by Deandre Ayton late in the fourth quarter.

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Unvaccinated NBA players sidelined by vaccine mandates will lose pay

Andrew Wiggins finishing a layup. Photo: Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA announced that unvaccinated players who do not comply with local vaccine mandates will not be paid for the games they miss, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: San Francisco and New York where the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are based — have vaccine mandates in place that require players to be vaccinated before playing in their home arena. Players on those teams who are not vaccinated could miss up to 41 home games next season.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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