Griffin named West player of month

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February, the NBA announced Wednesday.

It marks the first time Griffin has won the award and the first time a Clippers player has won since Chris Paul did it for his play in December 2012.

Griffin averaged 30.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in February as the Clippers went 7-4, including wins over Oklahoma City, Houston and Portland. Griffin was one of only two players in the league to average at least 30.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for the month. He recorded eight double-doubles and extended his career-best streak of 20-plus-point games, which now stands at 20.

Against the Miami Heat on Feb. 5, Griffin had 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in a 116-112 loss. It was only the 10th time since the 1985-86 season a player has exceeded those statistical minimums in a game and only the fifth time since 1995-96. Griffin has done so two of those five times.