The surging Clippers beat the Heat (30-10) 111-105 on the strength of their most impressive first quarter of the season.
The Clippers (13-24) scored 44 points in the first, then took a 19-point lead in the second and survived the inevitable comeback from one of the strongest teams in the league.
The 18-point lead in the first was big enough to hold on after the Heat outscored LA in each of the next three quarters.
The Clippers played a strong complete game and not only had distributed scoring and 33 assists as a team, but they only had 10 turnovers.
Again the combo of Eric Gordon (26 points, five rebounds and six assists) and Blake Griffin (24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists) led the balanced attack, but Baron Davis (20 points, nine assists and 5 rebounds) and Ryan Gomes (11 points) also had double-digit scoring, while Al-Farouq Aminu scored nine.
The Clippers have now won their third in a row, broke Miami’s 13-game road winning streak and have now gone 7-3 in the last 10 games.
Griffin’s double-double is his 30th this season
The Clippers just took a 51-43 lead into halftime over Denver. Blake Griffin already has a double-double – his 22nd in a row – with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Eric Gordon has added 14 points so far and Baron Davis has 11 and eight assists.
It was announced earlier than Griffin will be participating the Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend in February.
Midway through the third quarter, Blake Griffin got yet another double-double. Right now he has 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Clippers lead 74-67 with less than a minute left in the third.
Blake Griffin has 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Clippers to the 53-42 lead at haltime.
Griffin has already had two electrifying dunks that you’ll probably see on SportsCenter later – one in particular on a alley-oop pass from Baron Davis in the first quarter.
The Clippers have limited the turnovers and have consistently blocked Hawks shots and gotten key plays from Griffin, Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu in the half.
Baron Davis has eight points and four assists while Eric Bledsoe has scored eight so far.
Baron Davis just threw up what looked like a stray pass and Griffin got it with one hand and had another highlight dunk.
Made the crowd go nuts
The Clippers are gaining popularity judging from the jerseys that fans are wearing at Staples Center. Two players in particular are getting more and more popular. The #32 Blake Griffin and #10 Eric Gordon are everywhere, although there are many Baron Davis #1′s, a few Kamans
and some older ones like Corey Maggette and Sam Cassell.
Incidentally, today’s Hawks game matches up two brothers on opposing teams. Jarron Collins (Clips) will go up against Jason Collins (Atlanta) – both of whom won a high school title at Harvard-Westlake in the 1990′s – along with actor Jason Segel.
The Clippers are leading 58-49 at half over Sacramento.
Blake Griffin leads Los Angeles with 12 points (and seven rebounds) while Baron Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Gordon each have 11.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin recorded his 24th double-double on Dec. 26, scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Griffin’s 24 double-doubles this season is the second-highest total in the NBA next to Kevin Love’s 26.
Griffin has registered a double-double in 18 straight games, the longest streak in the NBAthis season and now the second longest double-double streak for the Clippers in the last 24 years. Since the 1986-87 season, former Clippers forward Michael Cage holds the Clippers record with 19 consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 10, 1986 – Jan. 16, 1987. Since the 2001-02 season, Griffin’s 18-game double-double streak is the 6th- longest in the NBA. Kevin Garnett has the record with 37 straight and places with the 5th, 7th and 8th spots. David Lee (2nd), Dwight Howard (3rd), Paul Milsap (4th) and Emeka Okafor (6th) are also on the list.
Griffin can continue his streak tonight against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena. Tipoff is at 7pm.
With a little more than a minute left in the game, the Clips are up by four points at a timeout.
Eric Gordon leads all scorers with 23 points and Blake Griffin has another double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds.)
The Clippers have a two-point lead at the break.
Eric Bledsoe leads the Clips with nine points, while Eric Gordon has eight and Craig Smith seven. Blake Griffin only has four points at the break, but he also has five rebounds.
Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 10 points, while Paul Gasol has six and Ron Artest and Lamar Odom have five apiece