Former OU Star Blake Griffin had 32 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists to propel the Los Angeles Clippers (19-28) to a home court win over the Milwaukee Bucks (19-27) by a score of 105-98.
It was another incredible performance by Griffin that helped the once forgotton and much-maligned Clippers franchise set a record Monday night at the Staples Center. The win was their ninth consecutive at home, and it was the most since the organization moved to L.A. in 1984.
In the game, Griffin was his usual self, scoring on an array of slam dunks and spin moves around the basket, solidifying his lock on the NBA Rookie of the Year, and making another case to claim a reserve spot on the Western Conference All-Star Team.
Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and several other NBA notables, believe that Blake Griffin should be named a reserve in the All-Star game because of his spectacular play this season and the impact that he has had on the Clippers’ organization since his arrival in Los Angeles.
Griffin had his 39th double-double of the season in a total of 47 games played this year. He dove for lose balls, made spectacular saves, and gave a sneak-preview for some of the dunks he might perform in the Sprite NBA Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend.
Three other Clippers players scored in double figures. DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Jordan also showed why he has vastly become the “other” threat down low in the paint for the Clippers.
Baron Davis had 18 points, five assists, and only one turnover in the game, while Randy Foye, who was filling-in for the Clippers’ injured leading scorer (Eric Gordon), substituted well in his absence, by scoring 20 points, getting three steals, and dishing-out five assists.
Corey Maggette scored 25 points against his former team as the Bucks’ three-game winning streak ended. Ersan Ilyasova added 15 and Andrew Bogut 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively.
“It was tough with Blake Griffin in the post. He’s a monster, as well as DeAndre Jordan,” Maggette said. “They have two key guys that you really can’t play off of. You can’t get too much help from another player because they have so many different moves.”
The game was played before another near-capacity crowd at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, as Griffin and the Clippers continue to give Los Angeles basketball fans an alternative to paying outlandish ticket prices to see the Lakers.
Blake will lead the Clippers on Wednesday night against the Eastern Conference and Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls and their superstar Derrick Rose, as they will seek their 10th straight home win before going on a 10-game road trip.
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