NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving spoils Bucks' return to The MECCA

The Bucks’ past greatness and raw potential was on display Thursday night as Giannis Antetokounmpo brought Milwaukee back to The MECCA for the first time since 1988.

But it was Kyrie Irving that dazzled the crowd at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (formerly MECCA Arena) and led the Celtics to a 96-89 victory, spoiling the nostalgia for Milwaukee fans everywhere. 

Irving did it all Thursday. He hit clutch 3-pointers, made highlight-reel layups, threw quality extra passes and put multiple defenders in the spin cycle. But few plays matched this one for the former Cavaliers star.

Irving finished the game with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and had seven assists. Al Horford led Boston with 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting.

As for Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak passed Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabar) for the most points over the first five games of a season in Bucks history. The 22-year-old finished with a game-high 28 points and now has 175 points through the Bucks’ first five outings, which is 14 more than Alcindor had in 1971. He is also the first player in NBA history to average 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists through his first five games of a season.

Stud of the Night

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting and had 13 rebounds in Memphis’ 96-91 win over the Mavericks.

Dud of the Night

Bulls guard Jerian Grant may not have had the worst night statistically with 11 points and seven assists on 2-of-7 shooting, but he clearly put himself on the radar in a bad way on this play in the Bulls’ 91-86 win over the Hawks.

Highlight

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday executed a perfect fast break — blocking a shot and then taking it himself the other way.

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