Blake Griffin scores 47 points and sets more records in Clippers win over the Pacers

Clippers starting five in an earlier pre-season game

Former Oklahoma Sooner great and Oklahoma City’s own Blake Austin Griffin took it to another level in a back-to-back game against the Indiana Pacers on Martin Luther King Day Monday afternoon in the basketball-friendly confines of the Staples Center and beautiful Los Angeles, California. 

Griffin’s spectacular performance of 47 points and 14 rebounds was absolutely phenomenal.  It helped the Clippers win their 5th game in the row (a season high) by a score of 114-107 over the Pacers, and it also set a couple of other records along the way. 

Griffin kept his double-double streak alive at 27, but even more incredible, it was his 33rd double-double overall this season. 

Griffin’s second over 40-point performance also tied the legendary crossover dribble expert and practice opponent (Allen Iverson) as the only rookies to accomplish this feat.  Griffin established a franchise rookie record by scoring 47 points, and also produced the highest-scoring game of any NBA player this season.

Griffin kept his head in the game and managed to erase the ugly performance just one day removed from an ugly win over the Lakers where he was tossed in the final five seconds of the game.   “I looked up at one point and I saw I had 41 points and after that I wasn’t even sure what I finished with. It’s fun to have a game like that, but it’s even more fun to get a win,” said Griffin. 

Pacers players Danny Granger and Darren Collison also had great games too. Granger scored 32 points on 9-for-16 shooting, and Collison, who played at nearby UCLA, scored a season-high 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor. 

It appears that players from the Los Angeles area or the ones who played there in college always seem to play well when they come back home to play in the Staples Center.  Darren Collison actually kept that string alive on this day. 

But what was so incredible about Griffin’s performance, was that he shot a blistering 19-for-24 from the field, and didn’t have to get all his points from around the basket.

He sank at least six shots from the perimeter, including five on what has become his favorite bank shot from the left side of the court. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line, even though he had struggled from the line in some games earlier this season.  

Baron Davis chipped in 14 points and a game-high 12 assists, and the always steady shooting guard Eric Gordon, had 23 points and seven assists. 

Griffin is showing people who didn’t know, that his overall game is far more skilled than he has been allowed to exhibit in Clippers games thus far this season, and this my friends is a scary observation in the minds of NBA opponents that have to face him in games later on this season. 

Some critics have already unjustifiably labeled him one-dimensional as if dunking is the only thing the can do, but according to one NBA General Manager, “Blake Griffin can dribble the basketball with the skill of a point guard and is currently playing at only a fraction of his overall potential at the power forward position.”

Meanwhile, The Clippers have their first five-game winning streak at home since way back in 2006.  There is an obvious buzz in the air driven by Blake Griffin’s insatiable will to win, and this has propelled a once lifeless Los Angeles Clippers franchise to an amazing height. 

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