Friday, 18 January, 2019

Blake Griffin torches the Clippers in his long-awaited return to Los Angeles

Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers WATCH: Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin gets standing ovation in return to LA
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2019, 14:52

Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin returned to face his old team, the Los Angeles Clippers, for the first time since being traded past year.

The starting lineup for the Clippers included two players who came to Los Angeles in the Griffin trade; forward Tobias Harris and guard Avery Bradley.

Griffin got the game off to a strong start with 15 points in the first quarter. "The next time I come it won't be as insane".

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 8 seasons in Los Angeles. This sudden trade came on the heels of the franchise giving him a five-year, $175 million max extension.

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As Griffin was about to head into the locker room after an early warm up, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was waiting for the five-time NBA All-Star on the sidelines.

After the game, Griffin scolded a reporter for mentioning the snub on social media, saying he was just conducting his pre-game routine.

When asked if he would shake hands with Ballmer if he was approached at another time, Griffin answered, "I'm honestly not here to answer hypothetical questions".

Detroit center Andre Drummond added 20 points and 21 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 23 points for the Clippers.