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NBA Wrap: Thon’s monster block in Bucks’ comeback win, Kyrie Irving explodes vs. Raptors, and Wizards lose … again

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Published by Staff writers, 17th November 2018 on Foxsports.com.au

There were big plays, surprise stars, and a string of thrilling games on another day of bizarre NBA action.

Here’s the best of it!

WHERE DID IT GO?

Thon Maker blocked Zach LaVine, and then — with the help of Giannis Antetokounmpo — tried to find it in a wild Milwaukee Bucks crowd.

That came in the middle of a 46-point third quarter from the Bucks, who turned an 18-point deficit at the half into an 11-point lead to start the fourth against the Chicago Bulls.

Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, and Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks, who matched the second largest comeback win of the NBA season with the 123-104 result.

WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

Kyrie Irving just knows how to beat the Toronto Raptors.

Irving had a season-high 43 points and 11 assists as the Celtics pulled off a 123-116 win in overtime against a Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors team.

Leonard had 31 points but missed the chance to win it in regular time, before Boston ran away with it.

But the story was Irving, who has somewhat struggled to start the season; LeBron James tweeting that the 26-year-old was “in his bag”.

WIZARDS LOSING AGAIN

Dwight Howard (25), Bradley Beal (20), and John Wall (16) combined for 61 points as the Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets at home.

Howard added 17 rebounds, but fouled out, as Spencer Dinwiddie’s 25 points and D’Angelo Russell’s 23 proved the difference for the Nets.

The Wizards are now 5-10, and just can’t figure out how to play winning basketball.

MAKE WAY FOR MEMPHIS

The Grizzlies are just a really good basketball team.

We wondered what they’d look like this season with Mike Conley returning, and, well, it’s pretty clear they’re going to be in around the playoff spots come the end of the season.

On Saturday (AEDT), in a 112-104 win over the Sacramento Kings, it was 27 points from rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. that helped Memphis improve to 9-5; good enough for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Marc Gasol and Conley both had 19 points, while 14 from Garrett Temple and 10 from Wayne Selden off the bench, capped off a well-rounded Grizzlies performance.

CALM DOWN, ANTHONY

The New Orleans Pelicans were down 19 points to the New York Knicks, and never had the lead until the final three minutes.

But a win is a win.

Anthony Davis decided to bully a bunch of grown men; dropping 43 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists in 40 minutes, as the Pels ran out 129-124 winners.

New Orleans are now 8-7 on the season.

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