So, Bird took it easy on him after the tip-off, right? Nope! Larry continued to go after 'Nique, especially when they went one-on-one. “Then they had the ball and I was on him and he said, ‘I don’t know why they got you guarding me, Homes. You can’t guard me.’ Then, whap, he hit a 3," Wilkins revealed. "Then he came down again and said, ‘They made a mistake putting you on me, Homes,’ and he took another 3.”
Eventually, though, Wilkins got some revenge. “So now I’m hot. I mean, I’m steaming," he said. "Then a little while later, I came down on a break and he was backpedaling. I just went right after him. I jumped up and he tried to challenge, but I took that right through the rim. He fell and hit the basket support.
“He got up and said, ‘I like you, rookie. You’ve got (guts).’ I was happy for a second, and then he said, ‘But I’m still going for 40 on you tonight,'” Wilkins remembers. “But I got him,” Wilkins said. “He only scored 39.”
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