BryantFriday, Kobe Bryant made a forgettable return to his hometown of Philadelphia. Bryant finished the game with nine points in 35 minutes, just the fifth time in his career he's finished with fewer than 10 points when playing at least 35 minutes. His nine points were the least he has ever scored in his return home, even lower than the 12 points he scored against the Philadelphia 76ers in his rookie season.
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More from the Western Conference on Friday:
• The “other” LA team got a rare win. Blake Griffin led the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers won their first road game of the season. The win also lifts the Clippers out of the NBA cellar and leaves the Sacramento Kings with the fewest wins in the NBA (five).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Griffin has now registered at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in each of his last three games. Over the last 35 years, only four other rookies have done that in at least three straight games: Ralph Sampson (1983-84), Hakeem Olajuwon (1984-85), Shaquille O’Neal (three times in 1992-93) and Tim Duncan (1997-98).
• The Utah Jazz were victims of the New Orleans Hornets' largest win of the season (29 points). Utah only mustered 71 points, which were a season-low. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Jazz shot only 35.8 percent from the field and missed half of their free throw attempts. It is only the second time in Utah’s franchise history that it made less than 40 percent of its field goal attempts and missed at least half of its free-throw attempts in the same game. That also happened on March 23, 2007 against the Clippers (.397 field-goal percentage and .459 free-throw percentage).
• The starters for the Houston Rockets scored 97 of the team's 103 points in their victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points, a career-high 18 assists and five steals. It's the most assists by a Rockets player since Sleepy Floyd had 19 on January 6, 1990 vs the 76ers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 10 seasons, only one other player has reached those levels in those three categories in the same game: Chris Paul (25 points, 18 assists and five steals on December 1, 2006).