Pis­tons’ Grif­fin scores 44 in win over for­mer team

The Bradenton Herald (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.

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 $171 mil­lion, five-year ex­ten­sion.

Heat 112, Griz­zlies 108: Jus­tise Winslow scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the fi­nal sec­onds and the host Heat beat the Griz­zlies.

Josh Richard­son and Tyler John­son each scored 14 for Mi­ami, which reached the mid­point of the sea­son at 21-20.

Bam Ade­bayo and Der­rick Jones Jr. scored 11 apiece for the Heat and Wade had 10.

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