Pistons’ Griffin scores 44 in win over former team
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.