Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns for first NBA Finals title in 50 years

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns during Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, 105 to 98, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Why it matters: The home court win earns Milwaukee its first championship ring in 50 years.

After losing the first two games of the tournament, the Bucks came back to win four consecutive games.The victory fulfills a favorite fan chant — “Bucks in six!” — and took place at Fiserv Forum, with about 65,000 fans gathered outside the stadium for the historic game.

Flashback: The last time the Bucks won a championship was in 1971, when Lew Alcindor — now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — played for the team.

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Harmful western wildfire smoke reaches East Coast

New York City ‘s Statue of Liberty sits behind a cloud of haze from the western wildfires. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Smoke from the wildfires engulfing the U.S. West and Canada is carrying harmful air pollution as it reaches East Coast cities including New York and Washington, D.C., this week.

Driving the news: The coast to coast smoke clearly visible from space is due to the nearly 300 wildfires burning in British Columbia and the more than 80 large blazes in the US.

Scoop: One-third of reunited migrant families went homeless

El Salvadoran families reunited in the U.S. in 2018. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

At least a third of migrant families separated at the border during the Trump administration and reunited in the U.S. so far under President Biden were homeless initially, three people familiar with estimates discussed by advocates and government officials told Axios.

Why it matters: As the number of reunions grows, such homelessness rates have the potential to significantly strain non-governmental organizations already plagued by limited resources.

By the numbers: More migrants from farther away

Expand chartData: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios. Note: South American nations included are Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador

Border officials are encountering migrants from more distant countries, rather than just Mexico or the Northern Triangle, according to the latest public figures from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

Why it matters: These longer journeys to the U.S.-Mexico border underscore the desperate situation many migrants face in their home countries, as well as the multi-dimensional diplomatic, economic and moral challenge the United States faces trying to control their flow north.

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