Before tonight’s match-up, all the Clipper wins have been at the Staples Center. Tonight they removed the monkey off their back with an impressive road win against the Detroit Pistons 109-88.
Los Angeles came into the Palace of Auburn hills and played with tenacity by outscoring Detroit in every quarter but the second. Although the Clippers out-rebounded the Pistons 45-34, turnovers continue to be their Achilles’ Heel as they coughed up the ball 19 times.
It was an aggressive match-up. A flagrant foul called on Detroit center Charlie Villanueva for clobbering Clippers center DeAndre Jordan while attempting a lay-up, added to the heat. The Pistons big man ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Pistons guard Ben Gordon battled Eric Gordon giving Detroit 15 points, but still wasn’t enough for the youthful and hungry Clipper squad.
Then there was the play of the night…
Blake Griffin ignited the crowd in the 4th quarter with an incredible 360 spin move lay-up to draw the foul – reminiscent of one of Michael Jordan’s mid-air masterpieces. Griffin finished the game pulling down a monstrous 17 boards and pouring in 24 points.
Ryan Gomes and Eric Bledsoe continue to contribute to the team with Gomes earning 18 points and Bledsoe dropping a team high 8 dimes.
The Clippers will keep their momentum as they try to grab another win on the road. They face Derek Rose and the Chicago Bulls Saturday at 8pm (EST).
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Written by Gyasmine
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