NBA wrap: Pistons’ Blake Griffin scores 44 points in first game back in LA vs. Clippers




Blake Griffin was out for revenge Saturday.

The Pistons star returned to Los Angeles to tackle his outdated workforce, the Clippers.

Griffin was aggressive from the beginning, scoring in bunches in opposition to his former teammates. He dropped 44 points on 13-of-23 capturing in a 109-104 Clippers win.

The thunderous dunker has continued to develop his talent set since coming into the league in 2009. He appeared to keep away from shaking the hand of Clippers proprietor Steve Balmer earlier than the matchup, however claims he was merely locked into his pregame routine.

Danilo Gallinari led the way in which for the Clippers, scoring 23 points. Lou Williams scored 22 whereas Montrezl Harrell contributed 21 to spherical out the scoring for Los Angeles.

The 24-18 Clippers received off to a sizzling begin this season, however have dropped to sixth place in the Western Conference. The 18-23 Pistons are simply exterior the playoff image, sitting in ninth in the Eastern Conference.

Studs of the Night

Karl-Anthony Towns put collectively a monster stat line of 27 points and 27 rebounds because the Timberwolves beat the Pelicans 110-106.

Aaron Gordon recorded 28 points and 12 rebounds to assist the Magic declare a slender 105-103 victory in opposition to the Celtics.

Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped 26 points and 11 rebounds on the first-place Nuggets to present the Suns a 102-93 win.

Duds of the Night

Bruce Brown scored two points on 0-of-7 capturing for the Pistons.

Iman Shumpert scored 5 points on 2-of-9 capturing because the Kings took down the Hornets 104-97.

Highlights

Wendell Carter Jr. stuffed Royce O’Neale on the rim in the Bulls’ 110-102 loss in opposition to the Jazz.

Russell Westbrook faked a behind-the-back cross to distract Patty Mills and end a fast-break layup because the Thunder topped the Spurs 122-112.

What’s Next?

Warriors (28-14) at Mavericks (20-22) 7 p.m. ET — Golden State and Dallas are 1-1 in opposition to one another this season to date. Sunday’s matchup would be the last regular-season assembly between these two groups. Steve Kerr praised Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic’s play as of late, and he’ll should carry out at a excessive stage to prime the reigning NBA champions.




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