Pis­tons’ Grif­fin scores 44 in win over for­mer team

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

Blake Grif­fin scored 44 points in his re­turn to Sta­ples Cen­ter for the first time against his old team, and the De­troit Pis­tons beat the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 109-104 on Satur­day to snap a four-game skid.

Grif­fin was greeted with cheers dur­ing pregame in­tro­duc­tions and re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion after a first-quar­ter video trib­ute from the team that drafted him first over­all in 2009.

He stuck his arm in the air and then brought his raised hands to­gether in a thank­ful ges­ture with­out smil­ing. He clearly wanted to beat the team that stun­ningly traded him last Jan­uary after he had signed a $171 mil­lion, five-year ex­ten­sion.

Heat 112, Griz­zlies 108: Jus­tise Winslow scored 26 points, and Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the fi­nal sec­onds. Josh Richard­son and Tyler John­son each scored 14.

Magic 105, Celtics 103: Aaron Gor­don had 28 points and 12 re­bounds, and the host Magic held off a late rally.

Jayson Ta­tum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the fi­nal 1:43 be­fore los­ing. Thun­der 122, Spurs 112: Den­nis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the sec­ond half. Rus­sell West­brook had 24 points, 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists for Ok­la­homa City, which bounced back from a 154147 dou­ble-over­time loss to the Spurs on Thurs­day. Tim­ber­wolves 110, Pelicans 106:

Karl-An­thony Towns had 27 points and a ca­reer-high 27 re­bounds as the host Tim­ber­wolves got the first home win for in­terim coach Ryan Saun­ders.

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