Grif­fin has 44 points in re­turn against Clip­pers

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Le­quate to be­ing the win­ner be­cause we didn’t do that but it equates to win­ning. Blake was part of that. Now when you hear our name you don’t think of those bad Clip­pers be­fore Blake.” TIP-INS

Pis­tons: Tay­lor Grif­fin was on babysit­ting duty, bring­ing his younger brother’s son, Ford, to the locker room af­ter the game . ... Drum­mond had his NBA-lead­ing ninth game of at least 20 points and 20 re­bounds . ... Grif­fin played at Sta­ples on Wed­nes­day night when the Pis­tons lost to the Lak­ers 113-100 . ... C Zaza Pachu­lia (right lower leg con­tu­sion) missed his sev­enth straight game . ... G Ish Smith (right ad­duc­tor tear) sat out his 19th straight game.

Clip­pers: They lost their first game against Grif­fin’s Pis­tons in De­troit within days of last year’s trade. Grif­fin had 19 points in that game.

NO LOVE LOST Clip­pers owner Steve Ballmer waited on the side­line for Grif­fin to fin­ish his early warmups.

Grif­fin be­gan walk­ing off court as Ballmer stuck out his right hand to shake. Grif­fin took off run­ning into the tun­nel. Ballmer threw up his hands and walked away.

“As soon as I’m done do­ing my pregame shoot­ing I make sure there’s a path and I take off run­ning to the locker room and I don’t stop run­ning,” Grif­fin said after­ward. “I don’t change that for any­body.”

Asked if he would have shaken hands with Ballmer, Grif­fin said, “I’m not here to an­swer hy­po­thet­i­cal ques­tions.” HE SAID IT

“The West is tough ev­ery night and when you lose to an East Coast team it hurts even more.” — Rivers.

UP NEXT

Pis­tons: At Utah on Mon­day night in the fi­nale of four-game West­ern swing.

Clip­pers: Host New Or­leans on Mon­day night.

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