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.
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.
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.
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
Along with Baron Davis, Chris Kaman is also back playing for the Clippers and they’re down 81-77 at the start of the fourth.
Kaman has 10 points and six rebounds off the bench and Davis has six points and five assists. Eric Gordon leads the team in scoring with 18 while Blake Griffin has 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Clippers are leading the Spurs at halftime by eight.
Blake Griffin leads LA with almost a double-double already – 17 points and eight rebounds with two assists. He is the only Clipper in double figures, but Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler have nine each at the moment. The team is shooting 52% from the field and 5-11 from three-point range, but still is having trouble with turning the ball over. They’ve had 10 to the Spurs’ four in the half.
San Antonio is led by Manu Ginobili with 10 points, while Tim Duncan has four and Tony Parker only has two. Together, Duncan and Parker are shooting 2-for-9 and the team is shooting a paltry 34% from the field.
Hopefully, the Clippers can come out strong in the third unlike Sunday’s game against the Jazz