Griffen Goes For 47 In Clippers Win Over Pacers
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds for his 27th consecutive double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107 on Monday.
It was Griffin’s 33rd double-double of his rookie season, and his 19 field goals made were a career best.
Danny Granger scored 32 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and former UCLA star Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers.
Eric Gordon added 23 points and Baron Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a win over the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers a day earlier and have won 10 of their last 14.
They started out as if in a hangover from that big victory, trailing most of the first half while letting Griffin do nearly all the scoring – he had 28 points at the break, one more than all his teammates combined.
But the Clippers got back into the game in the third, and built an 11-point lead in the fourth.
Los Angeles got three straight 3-pointers by Ryan Gomes, Gordon and Davis, who played an inspired one-minute sequence in which he hit the trey, scored another basket and then stole the ball and fed Randy Foye for a fastbreak layup. Griffin’s three-point play stretched the Clippers’ lead to 103-92 with 5 1/2 minutes to go.
But the Pacers weren’t done.
They outscored the Clippers 11-2 to get to 109-106, with Brandon Rush scoring five in a row.
Davis answered with a 3-pointer and Griffin hit a bank shot that kept Los Angeles ahead 114-107.
The Clippers took their largest lead of the third, 73-64, with DeAndre Jordan, Gordon and Gomes joining Griffin in carrying the offensive load. They combined to outscore the Pacers 18-5.
From there, though, the Clippers were held to two field goals over the final 4:08, including a dunk by Gordon that gave them an 81-79 lead heading into the fourth. James Posey and Granger combined to score the Pacers’ final 10 points, tying the game twice before Gordon’s basket gave Los Angeles a slight edge.
Granger scored 20 points and Collison added 19 in the first half, when the Pacers led most of the way in taking a 58-55 lead.
NOTES: The Clippers have their first five-game winning streak at home since Nov. 2-12, 2006. … The Pacers fell to 5-9 against Western Conference opponents, with three more coming up on their current trip. … The Clippers improved to 4-6 in the second game of a back-to-back.