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Sunday / May 26.
  • Duke’s Grayson Allen Drops Career-High 34, Including Two Awesome Dunks

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    By MIKE McCURRY

    Grayson Allen’s junior campaign didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts.

    Despite his 15.9 points per game average entering Saturday, Allen had not been his usual efficient self, missed one game and many practices with turf toe, and was often overshadowed by his teammates—namely Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson.

    Until Saturday

    Allen went off for a career-high 34 points, including making 6-of-9 from deep and two highlight-reel dunks, in No. 5 Duke’s 94-45 rout of UNLV on Saturday in Las Vegas.

    According to ESPN’s Dick Vitale on the game broadcast, Allen was finally able to practice on Friday for the first time in a couple of weeks.

    It’s also worth noting that, in the opening moments of Saturday’s game, UNLV’s Kris Clyburn was hit with a flagrant foul for grabbing Allen’s neck in a dead ball situation.

    Whether a fire was lit under Allen’s belly following the scuffle, he’s simply healthy again, or a combination of both, one thing is certain.

    Grayson Allen is officially back.

    Photo: USA Today

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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