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.
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.