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‘Spectacular’ Giannis Antetokounmpo block was one for the ages

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This was a night when the stars mostly had to be wingmen instead, Maverick ceding to Iceman for the good of the club.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was still brilliant — 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, two blocks — but the Bucks had a shot to tie the NBA Finals because Khris Middleton played the game of his life — 40 points, many big shots down the stretch.

Chris Paul wasn’t brilliant. He struggled. He scuffled. He only scored 10 points. His seven assists were almost entirely obscured by five turnovers. He looked every second of 36 years old. But Devin Booker — 42 points, 17-for-28 from the floor — had the Suns in splendid position to bring a 3-1 lead in this series back to Phoenix.

Still … these are the Finals.

And stars … well, stars do crave moments like this.

And so it was: The Bucks, who looked dead three different times in the fourth quarter, somehow led 101-99, after Middleton drained a 19-footer with 88 seconds left. The Suns, going for the kill, hadn’t let the Bucks out of their sights all night.

So Booker, with the ball, started to drive the lane after taking a hand-off from Deandre Ayton, who flashed to the basket. Ayton was open. Booker saw he was open. Every eye inside Fiserv Forum saw he was open. Booker flicked the ball to the rim, expecting an Ayton slam, expecting a tie game, expecting a quiet, funereal arena.

What he wasn’t expecting: Antetokounmpo, in an eyeblink, catching up to Ayton — who already was soaring toward the basket — quick-leaping, getting in Ayton’s way and …

“HE BLOCKED THE SHOT!” came the three-way harmony of Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy on the TV, their voices soon drowned out by maybe the loudest sound a basketball arena has made in two years.

He blocked the shot?

He blocked the shot?

“He made a spectacular block,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said, shaking his head, stunned by what he had seen even if he sees Antetokounmpo do things like that every day of the year: exhibition games, practices, Game 4 of the NBA Finals. “He has the ability to cover an awful lot of ground.”

He shook his head.

“That,” he said, “is an NBA Final special moment.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Deandre Ayton at end of Game 4.
Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Deandre Ayton at end of Game 4.
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It was impossible, in the moment, not to immediately recall 2016, and LeBron James catching up to Andre Igoudala at the end of Game 7 of the Finals, the play that allowed Kyrie Irving’s jumper not long after to be the title-winner for the Cavaliers. They were different blocks — James’ more of a sheer athletic showcase, Antetokounmpo’s a master stroke of instinct and quickness.

But they left fans panting, and arenas ranting. They were — Budenholzer’s words — NBA Finals special moments.

“Just a hustle play,” Antetokounmpo said a bit later, after this 109-103 Bucks victory was secure, after they’d tied the series at 2-2, after they’d guaranteed their fans at least one more communal party, when Game 6 returns to Wisconsin on Tuesday. “At that point in the game you do whatever it takes to put yourself in position to win the game.

“I saw the play coming, I felt him rolling in behind me, I jumped vertically toward the rim and hopefully I can be there in time. I got there in time.”

He got there in time. Every time you rewind it. He gets there every time.

Budenholzer, his voice absent irony, said: “Big-time play. We’re gonna need more of them.”

Well, as long as he has No. 34 on his side, he has come to the right place. Antetokounmpo didn’t have the game softly in his palm, as he did Game 3 when he was simply unstoppable. He was merely excellent. And for the longest time it seemed that Booker’s epic outburst would be enough to pin Giannis and his mates to the abyss.

But Middleton was wonderful late. Jrue Holiday was a dynamo on defense. Backup guard Pat Connaughton, who each game looks as if he has arrived straight from an industrial-league opener, made every important play down the stretch, had 11 gritty points and nine sweaty boards. The Bucks had fought back from nine down to two ahead. They needed one more play to feel secure.

Then a ball was lofted toward a basket, and one of the best basketball players on Earth did what comes naturally. He went after it. He got in between Ayton and the basket. And he delivered a play they’ll be talking about in Milwaukee when Antetokounmpo and Middletown take honored alumni seats courtside in 50 years, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson did Wednesday.

An NBA Finals special moment. One for the ages.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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