Griffin: Durant, James in two-man MVP race

DENVER – Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Western Convention Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday but do not search for him to start campaigning to win the MVP.

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"I believe the MVP race is a two-man race" between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin says.

"No, I think the MVP race is a two-man race," Griffin stated. "The stretch of games that we've played and we have been profitable has been an enormous crew effort. Jamal Crawford was taking part in out of his thoughts before he bought hurt and guys have stepped up and really performed their half. With our staff I don't suppose it's one guy that's making us go.

"I genuinely believe it's been a complete workforce effort."

Griffin believes the MVP will finally go to LeBron James or Kevin Durant but he has no less than vaulted himself into the conversation this season, averaging a career-high 24.three points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists whereas shooting 69.9 percent from the free throw line.

"I believe he is arguably the third-best participant within the NBA," Clippers forward Jared Dudley mentioned. "Clearly you've LeBron and Durant at one and two however you would be arduous-pressed to seek out somebody higher at three. He is one of many high three players in the NBA."

Griffin gained player of the week honors for games performed March 10-16. It marks the third time this season Griffin has captured the award after claiming it twice in November. He additionally gained the Western Conference Player of the Month award in February after being certainly one of solely two players in the league to average a minimum of 30 factors and 10 rebounds throughout the month.

The Clippers are currently driving an NBA-best 11-recreation profitable streak while Griffin has scored at the least 20 points in a franchise-finest 26 straight games.

For his half, Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more factors to 32 on Monday, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in forty in a row through the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists in the Thunder's ninety seven-85 win over the Chicago Bulls.

After the sport, Bulls middle Joakim Noah solid his vote for Durant.

"He calls for lots of attention," Noah said. "And you got to present credit when credit is due.

"He's the very best participant in the world proper now."

 

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Clips down Cavs for 11th straight

Griffin's Double-Double Fuels Clippers

 

L. A. – Blake Griffin entered the again half of his 20s with a birthday serenade from the crowd and another dynamic demonstration of why he's only getting better with age.

The Los Angeles Clippers' successful streak also will get an entire lot extra spectacular with each passing week.

Griffin had 21 factors, 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday, and the Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-80 Sunday night time for his or her 11th consecutive victory.

The Clippers' excessive-flying forward threw himself a nice little get together: Griffin has scored a minimum of 20 factors in 26 consecutive games, a mark exceeded only by Kevin Durant this season.

"This stretch of games that we have performed and we've been profitable has been a huge team effort," Griffin said. "Guys have stepped up and really carried out their part. With our crew, I don't think it is one guy that is making us go. I genuinely believe it has been a total team effort."

But Griffin is a transparent driving pressure along with his rapidly evolving all-around game. So is Chris Paul: The point guard had 15 assists and scored 11 of his sixteen factors in the last 6:04 for the Clippers, who haven't lost since Feb. 21.

The followers sang "Completely satisfied Birthday" to Griffin throughout a lifeless ball in the second quarter, and he gave a sheepish grin and a wave whereas waiting to inbound the ball.

He had already acquired a pregame tune from rookie Reggie Bullock, who scored a profession-excessive 14 points on his own 23rd birthday.

"It's probably just like the 10th time he is needed to do it this 12 months, and he looks as if he's getting worse," Griffin said dryly. "No enthusiasm. It's actually dangerous… He's bought an excellent persona. He simply cannot sing in any respect."

Luol Deng scored 23 factors and Dion Waiters had 15 for the Cavaliers, who misplaced Kyrie Irving within the first quarter to a left biceps damage. Cleveland had won on its first two stops of a 3-game West Coast street trip, but never led whereas Los Angeles matched the longest streak in the NBA this season, equaling 11-recreation runs in November by Portland and San Antonio.

"They're an incredible workforce," Cleveland coach Mike Brown stated. "They have an opportunity to win it all. I imply, you look how deep their roster is. They've playoff expertise, they have NBA All-Stars coming off the bench, and Doc is a great coach."

Irving, Cleveland's leader in scoring and assists, went to the Cavs' locker room late within the first quarter and didn't return. The All-Star Game MVP missed all five of his shots in opposition to the Clippers and was injured shortly before he left the sport.

Jarrett Jack scored seven straight factors during a 12-zero Cleveland run early within the fourth quarter, trimming the Clippers' former 21-level result in seven. But Paul shook off a tough capturing night with three jumpers in fast succession, and the Clippers closed out their sixth straight dwelling victory.

"We simply cannot begin games like that," Jack said. "We had a lull period for nearly a quarter and a half, and we just didn't exit and compete. Then the sport form of started to show in our favor, however combating an uphill battle against a workforce like that is a very powerful job."

DeAndre Jordan added 15 factors and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who matched the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. Los Angeles received 17 straight games during its unbeaten run via December 2012.

Jamal Crawford missed his fourth straight game with a strained left calf, and fill-in starter Darren Collison was dominated out quarter-hour before tipoff with a stomach virus. Los Angeles already is without J.J. Redick, who hasn't played since early February.

"They don't use an excuse," Clippers coach Doc Rivers mentioned. "We've three of our high 4 guards out at the moment, and nobody talked about it (in the locker room). They nonetheless feel like every night, we have an opportunity to win the sport."

Los Angeles scored the sport's first 11 factors and jumped out to a 17-three lead just 6 minutes in when Cleveland missed nine of its first 10 pictures.

Griffin in some way scored whereas Spencer Hawes flagrantly fouled him in the last minute of the primary half, muscling the ball residence in a remarkable show of energy. His three-point play put the Clippers up fifty two-38 at halftime.

Recreation notes

Hawes received his second technical foul and an ejection with 1:19 to play whereas standing by Cleveland's bench. Hawes, who scored 14 points, sarcastically waved goodbye to referee Scott Wall as he left. "I'm given up sufficient money tonight, so I won't say anything more past that," Hawes mentioned afterward… Metta World Peace watched the sport from a baseline seat next to the Cavaliers' bench. The erstwhile Ron Artest received a hoop in this building in 2010 with the Lakers, who let him go last summer season.

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