It was certainly must see TV on Saturday night at the Staples Center. Despite loss to the New York Knicks with a score of 115-124, Griffin broke the Clippers rookie scoring record by racking up 44 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists shy of a triple double. Let’s not forget the abundance of poster worthy dunks Griffin displayed for the Clippers fans.
The score remained close in the first half, even though Los Angeles committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, which has been an Achilles heel for the team. Despite the turnovers, Griffin’s tenacity led him to score twelve points in eleven minutes. The Clippers led 27-26 with a minute and twenty seconds left in the first quarter and went into the locker room trailing by five with a score of 53-58 at halftime. Griffin was in route for a spectacular game.
The Knicks didn’t have an answer for Griffin in the second half.
Griffin and Stoudemire seemed to be competing for the best power forward of the night. Blake earned his seventh double-double by the third quarter with 30 points and 10 boards as the rising star achieved a career high in both categories and continued to battle the all-star Stoudemire.
With six minutes remaining in regulation, Blake Griffin’s spin move and nasty dunk over New York’s Danilo Gallinari sent the crowd into frenzy, with the Clippers trailing by five points.
Griffin’s full arsenal of forty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists wasn’t enough to triumph over Amare Stoudemire’s 39 points and the New York Knicks. However, it was enough to break the Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise rookie scoring record which was last held by teammate Eric Gordon with 41 points.
Gordon contributed to tonight’s game with twenty-five points and teammate Randy Foye played nine-teen minutes and had a season high of fourteen points.
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Written by Gyasmine
Gyasmine George, M.S., a former basketball player, coach and advisor for student athletes and founder of Female Field Guide where she educates and advises women on sports and athletics. She has a rich love and knowledge for sports and athletics through her many years of growing up in a sports home. In addition, her hands on experience in a plethora of entities of athletics such as playing on championship travel and high school teams, coaching, teaching and advising, sales, marketing and promotions, game day management, communications and writing, has lead her to continue to fuel her passion for athletics. Contact Gyasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org