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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 109104 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 firstround pick of the Clip­pers, scored 17 points for the Pis­tons, who had lost nine of 11.

In Ok­la­homa, Den­nis Schroder scored all 19 of his points in the sec­ond half as Ok­la­homa City picked up a come-frombe­hind vic­tory over vis­it­ing San An­to­nio 122-112.

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 56-point per­for­mance in Thurs­day’s 154-147 dou­ble-over­time win over the Thun­der in San An­to­nio, scored 17 points.

In Phoenix, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Richaun Holmes com­bined for 40 points off the bench as Phoenix’s re­serves dom­i­nated their Den­ver coun­ter­parts in a 102-93 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.

In Or­lando, Jayson Ta­tum’s ty­ing at­tempt at the buzzer missed, help­ing Or­lando hold on late over vis­it­ing Bos­ton 105-103 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.


NBA RE­SULTS: MI­AMI 112, MEM­PHIS 108; MIN­NESOTA 110, NEW OR­LEANS 106; PHOENIX 102, DEN­VER 93;SACRA­MENTO 104, CHARLOTTOE 97;UTAH 110, CHICAGO 102. De­troit Pis­tons for­ward Blake Grif­fin drives to the bas­ket dur­ing the first quar­ter at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

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