Former OU Sooner great Blake Griffin had his double-double streak broken at 27, but scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out six assists in the Clippers win over the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 126-111 Wednesday night at the Staples Center.
Blake Griffin’s double-double streak was broken but this isn’t something that Blake is concerned about. “I could care less to be honest. It’s one of those things that as long as we win and play well, that’s great.
I’m more concerned about our wining streak (rather than) a personal streak or whatever it was. I want to keep winning,” said Griffin.
Griffin joined teammates Ryan Gomes’ (13), Eric Gordon’s (23), DeAndre Jordan (11), Eric Bledsoe (10) and Baron Davis’ (20) in a balanced scoring attack, and it was too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves to overcome.
DeAndre Jordan notched his double-double before the end of the third quarter and also had 12 rebounds to go with 11 points.
Eric Gordon, the Clippers’ leading scorer, actually had to leave the game early in the first half after injuring the tendon in his right ring finger when it got hit by a loose ball. He did return to start the second half but had to play the rest of the game with his finger taped.
“It’s hurting pretty bad. I’m just going to play through it,” Gordon said. “They said it’s probably torn.”
The Clippers (16-25), scored a season high in points (126) and led by as many as 23 points in the contest. They saw their lead trimmed to 11 twice in the second half, but they hit some timely 3-point shots that allowed them to keep a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.
Timberwolves star Kevin Love did however keep his double-double streak alive at 29 straight games, by scoring 26 points and snagging 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to get a win over the Clippers.
Michael Beasley also chipped-in 21 points before being ejected from the game in the fourth period after receiving his second technical foul. The Timberwolves (10-33) have now lost nine of their last 11 games.
Nearly 18,000 screaming Clippers fans were on hand to witness the game and even though Blake Griffin’s double-double streak was officially broken, it could not have come at a better time.
The bottom line is; the Clippers are winning and fans are showing up to support L.A.’s other team, and Blake Griffin is the primary reason for the paradigm shift in the Clippers organization. I’m just saying.
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