Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin turned in an emphatic, 44-point performance in his first meeting at Staples Center against his former team as the Pistons prevailed over the LA Clippers, 109-104 on Saturday.
“It was nice to get that game over with,” Griffin said. “I kind of compare it to the first game of the year in a way. There’s such a big hype leading up to it, and then once it’s done, you have to play 81 more. Now we have to play 41 more or whatever it is. It’s over, and I’m moving on, they’re moving on.”nfl cheap nike jerseys
The sold-out crowd at Staples Center received Griffin warmly during player introductions. During the first timeout of the game, the Clippers honored Griffin with a video tribute, a compilation of career highlights and some of his trademark endorsement campaigns. After the presentation, Griffin received a rousing standing ovation and waved to the crowd.
“I didn’t see all of it, but I saw bits and pieces,” Griffin said of the video. “It was really cool to be welcomed back like that. It means a lot. I appreciate all these fans here.”
In late December, Griffin told ESPN that, as a player who is propelled by emotions, he imagined Saturday’s game would be a passionate event. After the game, Griffin said that when he woke up Saturday morning, that sense of anticipation wasn’t as acute as he had expected.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike
“I thought I did a good job for the most part [of managing emotions],” Griffin said. “I’ve played in some big games, and it was easier than I thought. I wasn’t overhyped — I was properly hyped.”
Griffin dominated the action in the first half, scoring 26 points on 10 field goal attempts, including 3-for-6 beyond the arc. As the Clippers cut a double-digit lead to two points in the fourth quarter, Griffin drained a layup inside of the three-minute mark over two defenders to give Detroit a 107-99 lead. He also assisted on two crucial 3-pointers by Reggie Bullock, another former Clippers draftee, at a juncture when the Pistons were having a difficult time manufacturing baskets.