Griffin's streak ends, Love's continues

January, 20, 2011
1/20/11
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By ESPN Stats & Info
ESPN.com
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The Los Angeles Clippers remain red hot -- winning for the 11th time in their last 15 games after starting the season 5-21 -- by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-111.

Blake Griffin
Griffin
Blake Griffin led the way as usual with 29 points, but finished with just eight rebounds. That ends Griffin's streak of 27 straight games with a double-double. Griffin did finish with six assists, the fifth game this season in which he has topped 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. That is the seventh-most such games in the NBA this season.

At halftime it looked like Kevin Love's double-double streak would be the one that was going to end as he had zero rebounds at the break. Love picked up 11 boards in the second half for his 29th straight double-double. Love has only failed to grab a first-half rebound five times in his career. The previous four times all occurred during his rookie season of 2008-09.

Kevin Love
Love
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Love and Griffin's streaks mark the first time that two or more NBA players had streaks of at least 27 straight games with double-doubles in the same season since 1971-72, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (streaks of 39 and 29 games), Dave Cowens (37) and Spencer Haywood (37) all did it.

OTHER NOTES FROM AROUND THE NBA:

• Monta Ellis hit a game-winning jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining as the Golden State Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers 110-108. Ellis scored 36 points in total and has topped 35 points nine times this season -- most in the NBA. That is three more 35-point games than Amar'e Stoudemire who is next on the list.

• The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped their 14th straight game, and are 8-33 (.195 win percent) at the halfway point of the season. Cleveland's record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the worst at the midway point of any season by a team that finished the previous season with the best record in the NBA. (In 2009-10, the Cavs were 61-21.) The previous mark was held by the Chicago Bulls. After going an NBA-best 62-20 in 1997-98, the Bulls were 8-17 (.320) at the halfway point of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign.

• Dwight Howard missed a career-high 12 free throws in the Magic's 99-98 overtime win over the 76ers. That ties the franchise record for the most missed free throws in a game. Shaquille O'Neal had three separate games when he was with the Magic where he missed 12 free throws.

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