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Oklahoma City Thunder
Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 and Randy Foye 13 to help the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 92-77 on Monday night.
The Clippers had already clinched their first playoff berth in five years before the game began as a result of Houston's three-point loss to Denver, ending the second-longest active postseason drought in the league.
Griffin had 11 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 in the Clippers' fourth straight victory and 12th in their last 14 games. Their 38 wins are the most since the franchise had 40 in 2006-07.
Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 24 points, Serge Ibaka and James Harden added 12 points each, and Russell Westbrook was held to nine as the Thunder's two-game winning streak ended.
The Clippers didn't need the victory to achieve their immediate goal, but they played like they wanted it in the fourth quarter, which began tied at 66-all.
Mo Williams hit a 3-pointe...
BEST OF MAXIM
Much like Derrick Rose before him, the Clippers star is fed up with all of the hard fouls he perceives he is subjected to on a nightly basis.
Blake Griffin has had enough.
After seeing Derrick Rose take a hard foul Sunday night and speak out in frustration, Griffin decided it was time for him to do the same.
"I'm definitely sick of taking hard hits," Griffin said after the Clippers' shoot-around Monday. "...There's a point, I can't remember what game it was, in my mind where I thought this...
NOT JUST A DUNKER
Blake Griffin was unable to dunk over Serge Ibaka on Monday night during the Clippers and Thunders matchup, so he did the next best thing. Griffin got decent inside position on Ibaka and was prepping on a turn to dunk, but Ibaka blocked his path offering Griffin with only the option of throwing up a prayer. That prayer was answered and Griffin nailed the circus shot.
Derrick Rose isn’t the only All-Star sick of the beating he’s been taking during games — Blake Griffin is, too. Speaking after the Clippers’ shootaround on Monday, Griffin told reporters he’s fed up taking hits from opposing players.
“I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin said, per the Orange County Register. “…There’s a point, I can’t remember...
Human beings have rooted for the underdog at least since Biblical times. After all, we have never read any tales of any of the battles that Goliath won; we only hear about the one he lost to the scrawny guy with the sling-shot. So it not should come as a surprise if Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin receives less sympathy from NBA observers about being fouled than...
Derrick Rose sounded the alarm on the hard fouls that he has been taking so you knew others would follow suit. And that’s what Blake Griffin did after the Clippers’ Monday shoot around.Unlike Rose, Griffin plays a position where physicality is a must, but in Griffin’s eyes, the physicality has gotten out of hand at times.“I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 and Randy Foye 13 to help the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 92-77 on Monday night.
The Clippers had already clinched their first playoff berth in five years before the game began as a result of Houston's three-point loss to Denver, ending the...
Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin had 17 points
and 11 rebounds, and Los Angeles dominated play in the second half in
beating Oklahoma City 92-77 on Monday.The
win against the conference-leading Thunder was icing on the cake for
the Clippers, who learned moments before tipoff they had clinched their
first playoff berth since 2005-06.Randy Foye scored...
Kyle Korver isn't complaining about hard fouls this season because he's never in the paint getting fouled. Jump-shooters don't get fouled at all really, let alone hit hard, because they're never attacking the basket. Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin are drivers, however, and make their respective livings by launching their bodies past anybody standing in between them...
LOS ANGELES At its essence, professional basketball isn't so much a sport as it is an exercise in bravado, of sizing up an opponent and with body language or the spoken word asserting your dominance.
It might be in the form of Blake Griffin's glare, Kobe Bryant's sneer or Kevin Garnett's motor mouth. If the tools differ, they all hammer home the same point:
As the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, Clippers star Blake Griffin put together another classic moment.
Watch as he makes this impossible circus shot while getting fouled by Thunder forward Serge Ibaka:
Clippers' guard Randy Foye just rammed a fastbreak jam right down Serge Ibaka's throat, and the look on Blake Griffin's face was priceless.
Video: Randy Foye (Los Angeles Clippers) dunks it over one of the NBA's best shot blockers in Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder).
The Denver Nuggets' most recent victory helped the Los Angeles Clippers clinch their first playoff berth in six years.
It also moved them closer to securing a postseason spot of their own.
Denver seeks its fifth win in six games Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center, but Los Angeles will be looking for a fifth consecutive victory and a third in four tries against the Nuggets...