Blake Griffin scored 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists as the Los Angeles Clippers notched their ninth straight home win 105-98 over the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night.
It was Griffin’s 39th double-double on the season, and the Clippers matched a franchise record for most consecutive wins at home. The nine straight wins are the most the franchise has had since moving to Los Angeles in 1984.
DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and countless highlight reel slam dunks that energized the home crowd.
Former Clipper Corey Maggette scored 25 points to lead Milwaukee, and All-Star candidate Andrew Bogut scored 14 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Bogut, the league’s leading shot-blocker, had his hands full with Jordan. It certainly couldn’t have helped that he was a bit gimpy after banging knees with Clippers guard Randy Foye in the second half.
Speaking of Foye, he turned in another strong effort in the place of the injured Eric Gordon. He scored 20 points on 6-13 shooting from the field. It was the third straight game in which Foye has scored at least 20 points.
One of the keys for the Clippers was free-throw shooting.
They came into the game shooting 69.6 percent as a team, last in the NBA.
Monday night, however, L.A. shot 25-27 from the stripe, while Milwaukee finished 19-24.
Griffin, a 62 percent free-throw shooter himself, made all six of his attempts.
The Bucks were able to trim a 10-point deficit to four with just under two minutes remaining, but a Baron Davis offensive rebound followed by a Foye three-pointer and a Milwaukee turnover on the ensuing possession essentially sealed the win for the Clippers.
Davis finished with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Brandon Jennings, playing in just his second game back from a foot injury, was a spark for the Bucks, scoring 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
Eric Gordon, the Clippers’ leading scorer, had his injury status upgraded to day-to-day. He was originally scheduled to miss 3-4 weeks with a right wrist injury. He’s been out since January 25th.
The Clippers will host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night to cap a three-game homestand. They will then set out on a season-long 11-game road swing, starting Friday.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.