Sunday, November 21, 2010
Griffin scores big hits, Knicks win the fight
By Kenton Wong, ESPN Stats & Info
Apparently, Blake Griffin was worth the wait.
After sitting out all of last season with a broken left kneecap, the Clippers rookie entered Saturday's game averaging a double-double (16.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG). Griffin exploded for 44 points on 14-24 shooting Saturday to set a Clippers rookie record, breaking the mark previously held by teammate Eric Gordon who put up 41 points in a game two seasons ago.
Blake Griffin's 44-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist outburst is just the second such game in NBA history by a rookie. According to The Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie to have a game like that was Oscar Robertson; and that happened over 50 years ago on November 15, 1960 when he had 44 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Cincinnati Royals.
Of course, it wasn't all fun and games for Blake Griffin and company as the Clippers actually lost the game 124-115. A big reason was the Knicks' frontcourt combination of Amar'e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari combined for 70 points. Stoudemire scored a season-high 39 to go with 11 rebounds and Gallinari tied a career-high with 31.
Stoudemire and Griffin each had five dunks in the game - including several of the highlight variety. The five dunks match the high in the NBA this season - done also by Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal.