Clippers come from behind and beat Thunder

The Clippers erased a 12-point halftime deficit at halftime and stormed back to beat Oklahoma City 98-92 at Staples Center Saturday night.

Blake Griffin had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead LA (30-47) and Deandre Jordan added 12 points and 10 boards.

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(Blake Griffin battles Serge Ibaka for the loose ball)

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(Deandre Jordan and Russell Westbrook meet at the basket)

The Clippers outscored the Thunder (50-26) by nine points in both the third and fourth quarters to secure the comeback.

Eric Gordon (18 points), Craig Smith (14) and Randy Foye (11) also scored in double figures for the Clippers, who will now go on a four-game road trip and play the Thunder again on Wednesday after traveling to Memphis on Tuesday.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 23 points and James Harden and Serge Ibaka added 14 and 11 respectively.

(photos by AP)

Griffin named Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Los Angeles Clippers’ rookie forward Blake Griffin today was named the NBA’s Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for games played through March. It is the fifth straight month Griffin has been honored as Rookie of the Month. The Washington Wizards’ John Wall won the award for the Eastern Conference.

Griffin led all rookies in scoring (20.5 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg) and tied for second in assists (4.3 apg). He is the only player in the league averaging at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Griffin became the Clippers franchise all-time leading rookie scorer on March 30.