Grif­fin pours in 44 af­ter big L.A. ova­tion

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Blake Grif­fin kept his emo­tions to him­self in his re­turn to Sta­ples Cen­ter. The for­mer Clip­pers for­ward, fac­ing his for­mer team in Los An­ge­les for the first time, scored 44 points in the Detroit Pis­tons’ 109-104 vic­tory Satur­day.

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

“There was a lot of hype com­ing into this game and I was look­ing for­ward to it, but I’m glad that it’s over,” he said. “The next time I come it won’t be as crazy.”

Grif­fin 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 traded him a year ago af­ter he had signed a fiveyear, $171 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion.

An­dre Drum­mond had 20 points and 21 re­bounds for the Pis­tons, who had lost nine of 11. Reg­gie Bul­lock fin­ished with 17.

Danilo Gal­li­nari led the Clip­pers with 23 points. Thun­der 122, Spurs 112: Den­nis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the sec­ond half to help Ok­la­homa City de­fend its home court. Rus­sell West­brook had 24 points, 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists for Ok­la­homa City, which bounced back from a 154-147 loss in dou­ble-over­time to the Spurs on Thurs­day. Schroder, a re­serve point guard, went 0-for-4 from the field in the first half be­fore go­ing 8-for-13 af­ter the break. DeMar DeRo- helped Caron­delet tie the score 40-40 be­fore the game see-sawed. A layup by Mak­ena Mas­tora gave St. Joseph (11-4) a 46-44 lead with 1:51 left be­fore Tatyana Medawar (nine points, 14 re­bounds) made two free throws to tie the game. A free throw by Bam­ber­ber then gave the Cougars their first lead since 13-12. Af­ter a cou­ple of pos­ses­sions, St. Joseph went for the win, but Bam­berger poked the ball out of the hands of An­drea Rogers. The ball went into the back­court, where Rogers knocked it out. Two free throws by Emily Howie closed the scor­ing. Malia Mas­tora had 17 points and Zhane Duck­ett 13 for the Pi­lots.

#3 Mi­ra­monte-Orinda 53, Fol­som 42: Re­becca Welsh drilled five 3point­ers and had 24 points and Mia Mas­trov added 13 for the Mata­dors (18-2). Parker Gor­don had 12 points for Fol­som (15-3).

#6 Her­itage-Brent­wood 70, McClatchy-Sacra­mento 41: Idaho State signee Jor­dan Sweeney had 20 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists, and Abi­gail Muse added 14 points and 14 re­bounds as the Pa­tri­ots (13-2) cruised past McClatchy (16-3).

#10 Bishop O’Dowd 63, #12 Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral 50: The Dragons (7-7) hit four 3-point­ers in the first zan led the Spurs with 18 points. San An­to­nio’s LaMar­cus Aldridge, who scored 56 points Thurs­day, had 17 in the re­match.

Suns 102, Nuggets 93: Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 26 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds as host Phoenix, which has the Western Con­fer­ence’s worst record, beat West-lead­ing Den­ver. Dean­dre Ay­ton added 23 points and 13 re­bounds for the Suns.

Tim­ber­wolves 110, Pel­i­cans 106: Karl-An­thony Towns had 27 points and 27 re­bounds to help Min­nesota give in­terim head coach Ryan Saun­ders his first home vic­tory. Towns swished a 3-pointer to make it 106103 with 2:55 left, giv­ing the Tim­ber­wolves the lead for good.

Heat 112, Griz­zlies 108: Jus­tise Winslow scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the fi­nal sec­onds to help host Mi­ami pre­vail. Wade blocked a po­ten­tial ty­ing layup by Shelvin Mack, then won a jump ball to help the Heat es­cape.

Magic 105, Celtics 103: Aaron Gor­don had 28 points and 12 re­bounds, and host Or­lando held off Bos­ton’s late rally. Jayson Ta­tum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics.

Kings 104, Hor­nets 97: Bog­dan Bog­danovic scored 22 points as host Sacra­mento im­proved to 10-3 against Eastern Con­fer­ence teams. Kemba Walker had 31 points for Char­lotte.

Jazz 110, Bulls 102: Dono­van Mitchell scored 34 points as host Utah dealt Chicago its sev­enth straight loss. Zach Lavine scored 21 points for the Bulls.

Briefly: Dal­las guard J.J. Barea, av­er­ag­ing 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 as­sists, will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter tear­ing his right Achilles ten­don against Min­nesota on Fri­day. ... Chicago coach Jim Boylen, who re­placed the fired Fred Hoiberg last month, re­ceived a pay raise and a con­tract ex­ten­sion through next sea­son, the Chicago Sun-Times re­ported. quar­ter, two by Sky­lar Tyson-Stockey, en route to a wire-to-wire win over the Ir­ish (7-7), who lost a late West Catholic Ath­letic League game to St. Francis on Fri­day. O’Dowd, led by 12 points from Kayla Hank­ins and nine from Amaya Bon­ner, jumped to a 21-7 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and main­tained it de­spite 14 points by Da’Myiah Lewis and 11 from Talo Li-Upersa.

BOYS

#2 Riordan 67, St. Ig­natius 51: Bryce Mon­roe had 28 points, Jus­tice Turner 16 points and Je’Lani Clark 10 points, eight re­bounds and five as­sists as the Cru­saders (11-4, 4-1 WCAL) beat the host Wild­cats (7-8, 3-2), who got 16 points and nine re­bounds from Neal Be­govich.

Other WCAL games: Cade Reese had 21 points and Parker McDon­ald added 14 lead­ing No. 10 Serra (12-3, 4-1) to a 67-55 win at No. 16 Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral (8-7, 1-4) . ... No. 14 Mitty de­feated Val­ley Chris­tian 71-54 and No. 11 Bel­larmine knocked off No. 20 St. Francis 51-40.

MaxPreps se­nior writer Mitch Stephens cov­ers high school sports for The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

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