Blake Grif­fin dom­i­nates Clip­pers in re­turn to LA

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Blake Grif­fin took ad­van­tage of the first op­por­tu­nity to show his for­mer fans what they’re miss­ing, scor­ing 44 points on Satur­day af­ter­noon to lead the vis­it­ing De­troit Pis­tons to a 109-104 vic­tory against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. 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 2012-17. He was traded to De­troit last Jan­uary. De­troit cen­ter 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, who had lost nine of 11. The start­ing lineup for the Clip­pers in­cluded two play­ers who came to Los An­ge­les in

the Grif­fin trade; for­ward To­bias Har­ris and guard Avery Bradley. Har­ris fin­ished with 11 points, 10 below his scor­ing av­er­age, and 10 re­bounds. Bradley fin­ished with three points.


Jayson Ta­tum’s ty­ing at­tempt at the buzzer missed, help­ing Or­lando hold on late over vis­it­ing Bos­ton and snap­ping a four-game los­ing streak.

Aaron Gor­don had 11 points in the fourth quar­ter and led all scor­ers with 28 points along with 12 re­bounds. Ter­rence Ross added 25 points off the bench, and Nikola Vuce­vic had 16 points and 13 re­bounds. The Magic were com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing road trip in which they went 1-5. Kyrie Irving had 25 points, six as­sists and five re­bounds, and Mar­cus Mor­ris added 17 points and eight re­bounds for the Celtics. Bos­ton has lost back-to-back games, in­clud­ing to Mi­ami on Thurs­day to end a four-game win­ning streak.


Jus­tise Winslow pro­duced a game­high 26 points to go with seven re­bounds and four as­sists as Mi­ami de­feated vis­it­ing Mem­phis. Winslow made 10 of 16 shots, in­clud­ing 4 of 4 3point­ers, as Mi­ami im­proved to 10-4 in its past 14 games. The score was tied at 108 with 56 sec­onds left when Mi­ami’s Bam Ade­bayo made 1 of 2 free throws. The Heat led the rest of the way. Mem­phis was led by re­serve JaMy­chal Green, who had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 24 points and 11 re­bounds in just 22 min­utes. The Griz­zlies lost for the sev­enth time in eight games.



Karl-An­thony Towns had 27 points and 27 re­bounds as host Min­nesota held off New Or­leans. An­drew Wig­gins added 18 points, Josh Oko­gie scored 17, Dario Saric and Tyus Jones had 14 each and Taj Gib­son 10 for the Tim­ber­wolves. An­thony Davis had 30 points and 14 re­bounds, Jrue Hol­i­day scored 25 points, Julius Ran­dle added 22 points and 11 re­bounds and El­frid Pay­ton had 10 points to lead the Pelicans, who saw a three-game win­ning streak end in the opener of a five-game road trip.


Den­nis Schroder scored all 19 of his points in the sec­ond half as Ok­la­homa City picked up a come-from-be­hind vic­tory over vis­it­ing San An­to­nio. Rus­sell West­brook led the Thun­der with 24 points and 10 re­bounds, and Paul Ge­orge fin­ished with 18 points and 11 re­bounds.

Marco Be­linelli had a sea­son-high 24 points off the bench to lead San An­to­nio. DeMar DeRozan added 18 while LaMar­cus Aldridge, com­ing off a 56point per­for­mance in Thurs­day’s 154-147 dou­ble-over­time win over the Thun­der in San An­to­nio, scored 17 points.


Kelly Oubre Jr. and Richaun Holmes com­bined for 40 points off the bench as Phoenix’s re­serves dom­i­nated their Den­ver coun­ter­parts in a home win over the Western Con­fer­ence’s top team. The Suns, who have the worst record in the West at 11-33, used a 10-0 flurry late in the first quar­ter to take a lead they never re­lin­quished en route to their first win over the Nuggets in three tries this sea­son. Nikola Jo­kic had 23 points and 10 re­bounds for Den­ver, which at 28-13 re­tained a half-game lead over Golden State atop the West. — Reuters

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