Blake Griffin scores 44 points against former team
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Blake Griffin scored 44 points in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 on Saturday to make a four-time slip.
Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first quarter video distribution of the team that had been the first overall in 2009.
He put his right arm in the air and then put his raised hands together in a grateful gesture without smiling. He clearly wanted to defeat the team that swapped amazingly last January after signing a five-year extension of $ 171 million.
Griffin scored 15 points in the opening quarter when he was hit by superfan Clipper Darrell during free throw attempts. He had 26 points in the first half to help Detroit with a 65-54 lead.
His 3-hand to start the third and a basket from Andre Drummond pushed Detroit to a 16-point lead. Griffin had a one-handed bang reminiscent of his old Lob City days.
Andre Drummond had 20 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons.
Detroit Pistons & Blake Griffin swings to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Danilo Gallinari led the Clippers with 23 points.
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