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Jabari Parker explodes for a posterising dunk in Bucks overtime victory

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The Milwaukee Bucks needed overtime to defeat a game Philadelphia 76ers unit who have only managed 10 victories all season.

Despite the reverse 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record with two games to go, the 76ers have been competitive in the vast majority of their encounters this season, even though the Bucks led by 18 points at one stage during this affair.

However, there was one moment in the fourth quarter where the Bucks opened up an eight-point lead on the bottom team in the East where Jabari Parker made a real statement.

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After collecting the rock on the edge of the key, Parker drove past the Sixers' Jerami Grant and reached full speed before launching a ferocious one-handed dunk that left the 6'11' Nerlens Noel powerless.

Such as the velocity of this jam, Parker fell over on the landing after drawing contact from Noel. Now, that's what you call hammering it home.

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Milwaukee looking to Buck a trend

Khris Middleton led the way for Milwaukee with 36 points, while Parker's stat line read 15 points and six rebounds.

It's been a difficult season in Wisconsin. Although they possess two of the brightest young talents in the entire NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Parker - both 21 - the Bucks as a whole have failed to fulfil their potential thus far.

Last summer's acquisition of Greg Monroe was expected to push Milwaukee up an open Eastern Conference, and although his numbers are hovering around his production from last season with the Pistons, it's fair to say the team took a while to gel with him in it.

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The Bucks sit at 33-47 at the moment, a full 10 games and four places back and from the Detroit Pistons, who inhabit the final playoff spot.

However, next season could be a big one in Milwaukee after coach Jason Kidd showed glimpses of what Antetokounmpo can do at the point guard position.

The 6'11" Greek Freak managed to record an impressive five triple-doubles from the one spot earlier this term and Kidd has intimated he is prepared to deploy him in that position full-time next season.

It is also worth noting what a huge miss Parker was for the beginning of the season as the second pick in the 2014 draft returned from a serious ACL injury suffered 11 months prior during his rookie campaign.

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As another star to come out of Duke, Parker has carried some lofty expectations around with him. After his injury, and after picking up a few niggles during his comeback, the forward struggled to recapture his explosive best.

However, despite the time on the treatment table, Parker has managed to average 14 points a night this term and if this posterising dunk on Noel is anything to go by, is returning to his athletic best.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Jabari Parker
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Greg Monroe

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