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The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) works against the Brooklyn Nets’ Blake Griffin (2) during the third quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at Barclays Center on June 5.

DETROIT — When Blake Griffin made his first post-buyout return to Little Caesars Arena on March 26, he was a different player than the one who departed the Detroit Pistons more than a month prior. He scored 17 points on just eight shots, marking one of his most efficient scoring outbursts of the season up to that point, and helped lead the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant-less Brooklyn Nets to a close 113-111 victory.

Griffin slammed in two thunderous dunks against his former team after zero dunks in 20 games in Detroit this season, and just five in 18 games last season. He baited Isaiah Stewart into an ejection during the second quarter, and gave Saddiq Bey a light shove during the fourth quarter after the rookie attempted to blow by him for a dunk.

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