Grif­fin scores 44 to power Pis­tons

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Nba - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

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. He clearly wanted to beat the team that stun­ningly traded him last Jan­uary af­ter he had signed a five-year, $171 mil­lion ex­ten­sion.

LATE FRI­DAY

A War­riors 146, Bulls 109: Stephen Curry joined some elite com­pany on a list that he fig­ures to top in the not-so-dis­tant fu­ture. Curry made five three­p­oint­ers to move into third place all-time in NBA his­tory be­hind Ray Allen and Reg­gie Miller, and host Golden State rolled past Chicago in its most lop­sided win of the sea­son. Curry moved past Ja­son Terry with back-to-back threes early in the third quar­ter and ended a 28-point night with 2,285 three-point­ers in his ca­reer, trail­ing only

Allen (2,973) and Miller (2,560).

ELSE­WHERE

A Mav­er­icks: A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the in­jury says Dallas guard J.J. Barea has a torn right Achilles ten­don, a sea­son-end­ing set­back for a key re­serve. Barea was in­jured in the sec­ond half of the Mav­er­icks’ at Min­nesota on Fri­day night.

The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Satur­day be­cause the team hadn’t an­nounced an up­date on Barea’s con­di­tion.

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