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LOS ANGELES -- In a moment of pure spontaneity, Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin created a singular moment Wednesday night at Staples Center, something so amazing it had to be seen over and over again to be appreciated.
By now, it must certainly be a YouTube sensation -- a fast break basket that began with Crawford passing the ball between his legs and flipping it in the air for a trailing Griffin, his Clippers teammate, who slammed it down with a windmill move. It was the stuff of video highlights.
That was the play the Clippers were talking about after their 117-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, a win marked by Griffin's third career triple-double -- and his first since his rookie season 2010-2011.
Griffin finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on a night the Clippers shot 54 percent from the field and converted 12 three-point shots.
"Blake is capable of that every night," guard Chris Paul said. "He's one of those guys that commands the double team every night. It's a matter of us making shots. He gets double- and triple-teamed every night, so when we make shots like we did tonight, he has the opportunity to triple-double."
Griffin also can be routinely spectacular, as he and Crawford proved with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter.
The play began with guard Eric Bledsoe stealing a pass intended for Milwaukee's JJ Redick and tossing it ahead to Crawford, who had already broken toward the Clippers' basket with Griffin a couple of steps behind.
"I honestly didn't know what I was going to do," Crawford recalled. "I just saw that we had a whole open court and the best jumper in the world right there. Might as well get creative.
"That's something I've always wanted to do in a game, or if I made the All-Star game. Blake just took it to a whole new level."
Crawford knew there was no one around to disrupt his creativity. He bounced the ball, passed it between his legs from his left hand to his right as he drove the lane, then tossed it just high enough for Griffin to grab it.
It would have been an easy dunk, but Griffin added a little flair, making a windmill motion before throwing down the ball.
The sellout Staples crowd rose to its feet. Griffin and Crawford went back to their bench grinning at each other as the Bucks called timeout.
"I honestly had no idea what he was going to do," Griffin said. "I thought he was going to throw it off the backboard. Normally in a situation like that you're looking at each other like, what are you going to do? But he didn't even look back. I was just kind of stuck out there."
Griffin had already reached double figures in scoring and assists, but his 10th rebound didn't come until there were 6 minutes 2 seconds left in the game and the Clippers in front by 17 points. That's when he grabbed a missed three-pointer by Redick. He exited two minutes later to a standing ovation.
His 11 assists represented a career high.
"Passing the ball matters to me," he said. "Rebounding and scoring are staples, and that's part of my game, but being able to pass and get guys open and create offense that way is important to me."
Griffin's last triple-double was April 13, 2011, the last game of his rookie season, one which culminated in the rookie of the year award.
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I dont really see how it can be let go, but if it is, whatever, Griffin said after practice Tuesday. Im not going to do anything...
I’m not sure anything needs to be said. The Clippers are a threat in the Western Conference, they are a sight to see, and most importantly, that alley-oop was just plain nasty.
The Bucks couldn’t even be mad at that.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is not going to play tonight against the Denver Nuggets because of a sore left ankle.
Crawford said he rolled his ankle in the second quarter of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
He got treatment throughout the day but shook his head no when asked if he could play against the Nuggets.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been fined 25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday's game.
NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the fine Tuesday. The league also upgraded the flagrant foul 1 Ibaka's was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled...
NEW YORK — Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday’s game.
NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the fine Tuesday. The league also upgraded the flagrant foul 1 Ibaka was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled for position...
Blake Griffin had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his
third career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the
Milwaukee Bucks 117-101 on Wednesday night for their 10th win in 13
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Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin hooked up for a very fancy alley-oop during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Crawford poked the ball out of Monta Ellis’ hands to teammate Eric Bledsoe, then took off for the fast break with Griffin. Crawford jumped and tossed up a through-the-legs alley-oop to Griffin who finished with a powerful windmill...
The only thing I can think of is that Ibaka sent Keri Hilson up to David Stern’s office to take care of the problem. I rather take a Metta World Peace elbow, than getting hit in the groin.
Serge Ibaka has been fined $25k by NBA “for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area.”
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 5, 2013
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I was trying to figure out how to adequately sum up what happens in this video so I could come up with a concise title for this article, but there's just too much to summarize. Jamal Crawford. Blake Griffin. Dunk. Enjoy.
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