Grif­fin re­turns to beat Clip­pers

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 5 -

LOS AN­GE­LES – Blake Grif­fin took ad­van­tage of the first op­por­tu­nity to show his for­mer fans what they’re miss­ing, scor­ing 44 points to lead the vis­it­ing De­troit Pis­tons to a 109-104 vic­tory against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers in the NBA on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Grif­fin was drafted No. 1 over­all by the Clip­pers in 2009 and spent his first eight sea­sons with them, help­ing the team reach the play­offs in six straight years from 2012-2017. He was traded to De­troit last Jan­uary.

De­troit cen­tre An­dre Drum­mond added 20 points and 21 re­bounds, in­clud­ing nine on the of­fen­sive end. Reg­gie Bul­lock, an­other for­mer first-round pick of the Clip­pers, scored 17 points for the Pis­tons.

Karl-an­thony Towns had 27 points and 27 re­bounds as host Min­nesota held off New Or­leans 110-106.

An­drew Wig­gins added 18 points, Josh Oko­gie scored 17, Dario Saric and Tyus Jones had 14 each for the Tim­ber­wolves.

An­thony Davis col­lected 30 points and 14 re­bounds, Jrue Hol­i­day scored 25 points and Julius Ran­dle added 22 points and 11 re­bounds to lead the Pelicans. (Reuters)

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