Griffin pours in 37 as Clips take 8th in row

Griffin, Clippers Win Eighth Straight

 

L. A. – Blake Griffin is nothing short of a lightning rod – for teammates, opposing players and referees. He can also play any sort of game required to keep the Los Angeles Clippers close to the top of the Western Conference standings.

Griffin scored 22 of his 37 factors in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 photographs earlier than fouling out, and the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-a hundred and five on Monday evening for his or her eighth straight victory.

"I didn't even understand he had 22 within the first quarter till halftime," level guard Chris Paul stated. "I felt like the largest dummy, because he in all probability should have gotten the ball even more than he did. I know he will get off to good starts and stuff, but tonight it was crazy."

Things got testy with 5:28 remaining, as Griffin and P.J. Tucker started wrestling on the ground after they jockeyed for position in the paint on a missed three-level shot by Matt Barnes and Griffin fell on high of Tucker.

Blake Griffin and P.J. Tucker

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Blake Griffin and P.J. Tucker briefly scuffled on the ground within the fourth quarter, an change for which Tucker was ejected, while Griffin stayed within the sport – until he fouled out with three:23 remaining.

The 2 had to be separated, and the game was delayed while referees Bennie Adams, Jason Phillips and Matt Boland examined the video monitor to type it all out. Tucker was charged with a unfastened ball foul and then ejected, while Griffin stayed in the game – till he fouled out with three:23 remaining.

"You just sort of assess the play because it occurs," Griffin mentioned. "In the moment, I do not wish to put my crew or myself in a nasty scenario. So you simply have to weigh the professionals and cons at that time. Just to do one thing silly and get kicked out or suspended would not help. We already have injuries and guys who are banged up, so we don't need that."

The 4-time All-Star entered Monday having drawn a league-excessive 469 fouls, forty greater than Houston's Dwight Howard.

"Blake comes in and he does his job. They usually do not like it," coach Doc Rivers mentioned. "Blake will get hit as a lot as anybody. I think we now have all seen it, and it will get outdated. I do know it's very tough for him, however I believe he's doing the fitting thing. He puts his arms up – as a result of if he reacts, like some folks say he ought to, then he gets thrown out, he gets suspended, and it hurts the crew."

Darren Collison scored 20 factors and Paul added 17 factors and 11 assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who were 55.1 % from the field and improved to 23-1 when shooting a minimum of 50 p.c.

Goran Dragic had 23 factors and five assists throughout a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-game behind idle Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West and are 1 half behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn't made the postseason since 2010 underneath coach Alvin Gentry, now a Clippers affiliate head coach.

"Give Phoenix credit. They're playing for his or her lives proper now and they want every win, so you knew they weren't going away," Rivers stated. "At least that is the way in which I felt on the bench."

Gerald Green, who had a career-excessive forty one factors for the Suns in final Thursday's 128-122 win over Oklahoma City, completed with sixteen factors after averaging 23.four over his previous thirteen games. Miles Plumlee, enjoying his second game after lacking the previous two because of a sprained proper knee, had 12 factors and nine rebounds as all five Suns starters scored in double figures.

Dragic came in averaging 20.5 points, third within the league amongst level guards behind Stephen Curry (23.5) and Kyrie Irving (21.5). But he picked up his third foul 2 minutes into the second quarter and wasn't a factor till the fourth, when the Suns rallied from a 19-level deficit with eight:11 remaining and received it all the way down to 109-105 on Dragic's layup with 32.5 seconds to play.

But that was as shut as they bought, as Barnes made three of 4 free throws to shut it out.

Los Angeles was leading one zero five-95 when Griffin picked up his sixth foul on a charge under the basket. Dragic made a pair of driving layups 28 seconds apart to slice the margin to one zero five-99 with 2:21 to go. But Paul responded with a sixteen-foot bank shot and two free throws for an eight-point cushion with 1:21 left.

"They got up early on us. We fell again and continued to play. It was just a type of conditions where it was too little, too late," Tucker mentioned. "It occurs to us quite a bit. In opposition to the top teams in the league, you'll be able to't get down by a lot early. Even coming again and making it shut on the end isn't enough.

"We ran out of gas."

 

Sport notes

Clippers G Jamal Crawford was on the inactive record for the fourth time in five video games due to a left calf strain. He tried to play via it during Saturday's win over Atlanta, but spent only 9 1-2 minutes on the courtroom and attempted two shots – each of which missed. "I don't know when he's coming again. I just do not know," Rivers said. "I did not assume he seemed good the opposite night time, just working. I do not become involved very often with that stuff, however he wasn't operating pure, so we'll just wait till he is back to playing 100%.".. The Clippers have scored at a hundred or extra factors in 16 straight home games since their loss to the Suns. It is their longest such streak for the reason that 1983-84 season, their last one in San Diego.

 

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Curry pours in 36 as Warriors pile it on Heat

Warriors Win Seventh Straight

 

MIAMI – Recreation-high in points. Game-high in assists. Recreation-excessive in steals. Oh, and for good measure, he made as many 3-pointers as all the Miami Warmth roster.

Stephen Curry had another night time to recollect.

And the Golden State Warriors continued their surge.

Curry completed with 36 points, 12 assists, four steals and made eight 3-pointers, David Lee completed with 32 factors and 14 rebounds, and the Warriors ran past the Warmth 123-114 Thursday night to extend the NBA's longest present successful streak to seven games.

"Curry was spectacular," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "If he would not make the All-Star team, I would retire."

If the Warmth had a vote, Jackson's job could be protected.

"Probably the greatest shooters this NBA will see," Heat star LeBron James mentioned. "I mean, if you will discover a better shooter than him right now, particularly with the best way he handles the ball – and the light that he has, it is greater than green, it's fluorescent – you simply hope that he misses."

He did miss a few. Just not very many.

Curry was 13 for 22 from the floor, eight of 15 from past the arc. Lee made thirteen of 17 photographs. The Warriors made 15 three-pointers; the Warmth managed solely eight.

"It's a good experience in opposition to a championship-caliber team," Curry mentioned. "They know tips on how to get it achieved so to return in here and play the way we did, it exhibits we're on the fitting path."

Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 for the Warriors.

James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Warmth, who had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier added eleven for Miami.

However the Warmth allowed Golden State to shoot fifty six %, plus finish with a forty-31 rebounding edge.

"They performed a heck of a ball sport," Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned. "They deserved to win this one."

About the only blip for the Warriors were turnovers. They'd 20, which Miami changed into 32 points. Without those, this may need been rather a lot worse.

"More than anything it retains the ball rolling," Lee stated after matching his season-excessive for scoring. "Anytime you play the champions like this it is a measuring level. Tonight was no exception."

They were sizzling from the get-go. The Warriors opened by making eleven of their first 13 pictures – and somewhat unbelievably, had been trailing at time, down 29-28 for a couple of seconds late within the first quarter.

Golden State scored on 14 of its first 21 possessions and led 38-33 after the opening quarter, placing up the highest point total for any period towards the Heat this season. Issues cooled, albeit slightly, in the second, and the Warriors went into the break with a 65-sixty one advantage.

After which the third quarter was all about Curry.

He was dazzling, wowing Julius Erving at one finish, Johnny Manziel on the opposite and just about frustrating the Heat in any respect factors in between.

"Nothing you can do," Wade mentioned. "You contest it and hope he misses."

Curry went on a private 7-0 run early in the interval, all of them jumpers, one the place he gave a fast look-back to James after a excessive-arcing, excessive-difficulty connection from the appropriate nook. That barrage gave Golden State a 13-point lead, and a 3 from Curry put the Warriors up 91-seventy six with 3:27 left in the quarter.

Curry had 14 in the quarter, matching his output from the whole first half. The lead was all the way down to 9 getting into the fourth, down to 6 when James made a 3-pointer with 5:18 left – however Curry's ultimate three of the night time pushed the margin back to nine with about 3 minutes remaining, and the Heat by no means obtained closer.

"Classic Steph," Lee stated.

Game notes

Golden State's 123 factors were probably the most allowed by the Warmth at home in a non-time beyond regulation game since James, Wade and Bosh became teammates… Attendance was 20,350, tying the largest house common-season crowd for the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena… The one others with at the least 35 points and 12 assists towards Miami in a sport: Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson

 

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