Pis­tons’ Grif­fin scores 44 in win over for­mer team

The Charlotte Observer (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 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.

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