GRIFFIN DOMINATES CLIPPERS IN RETURN TO HOME TURF
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.