LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin kept his feelings to himself in his return to Staples Middle for the first time against his frail team.
After scoring Forty 4 factors in the Detroit Pistons’ 109-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, he allowed himself a day commute down memory lane.
“The true thing to be a part of is one thing that is larger than yourself and that’s what that used to be,” he said in a crowded hallway open air the Pistons’ locker room. “I don’t leer at what I did.”
Griffin used to be greeted with cheers for the duration of pregame introductions and acquired a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute from the team that drafted him first overall in 2009.
“There used to be just a few hype coming into this game and I was attempting forward to it, nonetheless I’m soft that it’s over,” he said. “The next time I come it received’t be as crazy.”
Griffin stuck his accurate arm in the air after which introduced his raised fingers together in a thankful gesture without smiling. He clearly wished to beat the team that stunningly traded him final January after he had signed a $171 million, five-365 days extension.
It confirmed from the open.
Griffin scored 15 factors in the outlet quarter when he bought razzed by superfan Clipper Darrell for the duration of free throw makes an strive. He had 26 factors in the first half of to lend a hand Detroit to a 65-fifty four lead.
“Hiya Blake, we miss you nonetheless sufficient for tonight, OK?” a Clippers fan implored.
Griffin wasn’t performed.
His three-pointer to open the third and a basket by Andre Drummond pushed Detroit to a sixteen-level lead. Griffin had a one-hand slam akin to his frail Lob City days.
“He played gargantuan,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Griffin left the courtroom plot the tip of the third due to merit spasms and returned immediate carrying a sizzling wrap.
The Clippers tied it at 97 on a three-pointer by Lou Williams after outscoring the Pistons 17-7 to open the fourth.
Reggie Bullock had two three-pointers around Drummond’s dunk and Griffin’s hook for a 107-Ninety nine lead.
“We’re in actuality soft to rep the get for Blake,” Bullock said.
The Clippers bought within three and Griffin omitted two three-pointers in the closing seconds.
He stepped out of bounds in the corner of the baseline while attempting to save a slip and fell backward, crashing into fans and the bottom.
Bruce Brown stole the ball with 20 seconds left, bought fouled by Danilo Gallinari and made each and each to dangle Detroit ahead 109-104. Gallinari’s jumper omitted in the waning seconds.
“Down the stretch we played gargantuan defense, bought stops and qualified the ball and that used to be the adaptation,” Griffin said. “The Clippers are a grand team. They’d three guys who come off the bench on the bottom at the tip of the game. It used to be a well-balanced and gargantuan get for us.”
Drummond had 20 factors and 21 rebounds for the Pistons, who had misplaced nine of 11. Bullock performed with 17.
Gallinari led the Clippers with 23 factors. Williams added 22 factors, and Harrell had 21 factors and nine rebounds.
Griffin averaged 21.6 factors, 9.three rebounds and 4.2 assists in eight seasons for the Clippers. He used to be the Rookie of the Yr and a five-time All-Megastar with the franchise.
Rivers said he and Griffin haven’t spoken for the reason that commerce.
“That’s a esteem misplaced there those two bought to figure out,” Harrell said.
On the opposite hand, Rivers credited Griffin for the franchise’s resurgence.
“Blake bought this started,” Rivers said prior to the game. “Six playoffs in a row. It doesn’t equate to being the winner because we didn’t discontinue that nonetheless it completely equates to successful. Blake used to be a part of that. Now ought to you hear our name you don’t call to mind those snide Clippers prior to Blake.”
Pistons: Taylor Griffin used to be on babysitting obligation, bringing his youthful brother’s son Ford to the locker room after the game. … Drummond had his NBA-main ninth game of no no longer as a lot as twenty factors and 20 rebounds. … Griffin played at Staples on Wednesday evening when the Pistons misplaced to the Lakers 113-A hundred. … C Zaza Pachulia (accurate decrease leg contusion) omitted his seventh straight game. … G Ish Smith (accurate adductor creep) sat out his nineteenth straight game.
Clippers: They misplaced their first game against Griffin’s Pistons in Detroit within days of ultimate 365 days’s commerce. Griffin had 19 factors in that game.
HE SAID IT
“The West is tricky every evening and ought to you lose to an East Waft team it hurts grand extra.” — Rivers.
Pistons: At Utah on Monday evening in the finale of 4-game Western swing.
Clippers: Host New Orleans on Monday evening.
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