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Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker denies Bobby Portis at rim

By Connor Grott
Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker denies Bobby Portis at rim
Former Milwaukee Bucks and current Detroit Pistons big Thon Maker appeared to lose a few teeth after a blocked shot against the Washington Wizards on Monday night. File Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Detroit Pistons big man Thon Maker had a highlight-reel block in the team's victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal threw a bounce pass into the paint for forward Bobby Portis late in the first quarter. Portis took the pass and rose for a dunk.

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Maker met Portis at the rim and denied the dunk attempt with a spectacular block, sending both players to the floor.

The 7-foot big man finished with five points and five stitches against Washington. Maker suffered a gash inside his mouth and appeared to lose a few teeth after Jordan McRae unintentionally headbutted him.

Maker blocked Portis' shot attempt and headed to the bench to receive medical treatment.

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"His energy [Monday] was unbelievable," Griffin told the team's official website. "He played just as hard in the second half. Gets five stitches, came back in and plays just as hard. Had a little collision going for a rebound with Dre, which is fun to see somebody finally contest Dre for a rebound. That attitude alone, that toughness, is a huge thing for us."

The Pistons acquired Maker from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade last week. Detroit sent Stanley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal.

Maker had four rebounds to go with his five points on 2-of-3 shooting and added his athletic block in 14 minutes of playing time.

Detroit's 121-112 win over the Wizards was its fourth consecutive victory. The Pistons (26-29) are No. 8 in the Eastern Conference.

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