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 right arm in the air and then brought his raised hands together in a thankful gesture without smiling. rout of the Cavaliers.
Warriors: Klay Thompson picked up where he left off on his record-setting night in Chicago earlier this season, making seven more 3-pointers and scoring 30 points to lead the host Warriors to a 146-109 victory over the Bulls.
Wizards: Bradley Beal scored 32 points, and Tomas Satoransky had 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career tripledouble to help host Washington beat Milwaukee 113-106.
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and host Toronto beat Brooklyn 122-105 for its second seven-game home winning streak of the season.
Hawks: John Collins hit a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left and visiting Atlanta hung on for a 123-121 win when Philadelphia flopped on its final plays.
Mavericks: Luka Doncic scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead visiting Dallas past Minnesota 119-115, spoiling rookie coach Ryan Saunders’ home debut.