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NBA 2019: Thon Maker pulls off savage rejection


Andrew Drummond had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended his winning streak to a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards as Australian star Thon Maker made the highlights reel.

Blake Griffin had 20 points in his first half for the Pistons, a 25-point lead in a home defeat against Los Angeles Clippers on February 2.

Detroit began Tuesday's game with Miami at the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards, who are not injured John Wall and Dwight Howard, traded Otto Porter Jr. away last week. Nevertheless, they came into the game on a two-game winning streak before falling short against Detroit.

The Pistons led by 10 in the first quarter. They were up 61-59 at halftime before pushing the lead back into the digits in the third. Detroit went on a 13-2 run and took an 81-71 advantage on a three-pointer.

The 21-year-old left Milwaukee is one of the greatest games in the world.

But it was his soul-destroying first quarter block on Bobby Portis at the rim that provided his great highlight for the match.

Maker's aggressive approach came at a cost, though. According to Pistons beat writer Rod Beard, Maker required five stitches to his upper lip after his mouth was left bloodied by an earlier screen.


Kawhi Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125.

Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who had won eight straight home meetings with the Nets.

Raptors center Marc Gasol scored 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being acquired in last week's trade with Memphis. D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 15 assists for Brooklyn.

Joe Harris scored 24 points and made a career-best seven-pointers, but the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games.

Kyle Lowry's hands. The Nets gave him the ball.

Lowry and Patrick McCaw each scored 13 for the Raptors, who have won 14 of 15 against Brooklyn.

Toronto led 120-114 on a three by Lowry at 2:45 of the fourth quarter but Crabbe replied with a back-to-back three-pointers to tie it at 120 at 1:34.

Russell hit a tiebreaking three with 50 seconds to go, but Danny Green answered with a three for the Raptors.

Harris made five of six three-point ranges in the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. Harris has made a single quarter, and matched his season-high for the entire game.

Leonard scored nine points in the second but Harris made two more from long range, giving Brooklyn a 60-56 lead at halftime.

Russell scored 14 points in the third, but Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who tied it 92-all on Anunoby's driving basket in the final seconds of the quarter.


Collin Sexton scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers held a late rally and sent the New York Knicks to their franchise-record 17th straight loss on Tuesday (AEDT).

Sexton hit two free throws with 17 seconds Cleveland up by three. John Jenkins missed a three-pointer from the right corner, but Dennis Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and dribbled to the corner. He also missed a three-pointer and Larry Nance tapped the rebound to midcourt as time ran out.

Nance and Jordan Clarkson each scored 15 points. Kevin Love had 14 points and nine rebounds in his second game since returning from foot surgery. The All-Star forward played 16 minutes, all in the first half. Love was four of 10 from the field, including two three-pointers, and had nine rebounds.

Kadeem Allen scored a career-high 25 points for the Knicks. New York (10-46) has the worst record in the league, and has lost 25 of 26 and 30 of its last 32 games.

The Knicks trailed 71-54 early in the third quarter. New York got in four points several times and back-to-back three-pointers by Luke Kornett cut the lead to 105-104 with 51 seconds left.

Kornett missed a wide-open three-pointer with 21 seconds remaining. Sexton followed with his two free throws.

Kevin Knox scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for New York.

Both teams are in the running for a draft of the draft lottery, which takes place on May 14. The three worst teams in the league will have a 14 per cent chance of getting the first draft pick and grabbing highly -rated Duke center Zion Williamson.

Phoenix (11-47) and Chicago (13-44) are also possibilities for a top three pick.

The Cavaliers led wire-to-wire and jumped to an 8-0 lead, leading Knicks coach David Fizdale. The Knicks, who traded the injured star Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas on January 31, have their longest skid within one season.

New York lost 20 in a row over two seasons in 1985.

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