Griffin returns to beat Clippers
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)