Griffin nearly gets triple-double in Clippers rout

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 04, 2012
Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-81 victory against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Mo Williams added 17 for the Clippers, who won for the fifth time in six games. Nick Young and John Wall each scored 14 for Washington, which lost its fourth game in a row and dropped to 4-20 this season. Griffin narrowly missed his second career triple-double, despite not playing in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rested its starters. Griffin had a number of his usual crowd-pleasing dunks, saving his best for last. With a minute to play in the third quarter, Griffin soared high for an alley-oop dunk from Williams. The monster slam gave Los Angeles a 81-50 lead and earned the biggest cheer of the night from the Verizon Center crowd of 19,419. It was Washington's largest crowd of the season. Jordan followed a few seconds later with an electrifying dunk of his own, flying in after Griffin missed a free throw to slam the ball home. Jordan was 9 of 11 from the field in the game. There were few highlights for the Wizards, who scored fewer than 20 points in each of the first three quarters for the first time this season. Los Angeles never trailed and opened up a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter after a 13-2 run. Los Angeles led 28-17 after the first quarter and removed any doubt about the outcome by scoring the final nine points of the first half, taking a 58-34 lead into halftime. The Wizards weren't able to regroup after the break, scoring just four points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third quarter as Los Angeles opened up a 36-point lead, the largest advantage the Clippers have had in any game this season. NOTES: Wizards F Trevor Booker was in the starting lineup for the sixth time this season, and the first since Jan. 16. He replaced Jan Vesely, who had started the previous five games. ... Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said F Kenyon Martin, who signed with Los Angeles Friday, will join the team Sunday in Orlando. Del Negro said he didn't know what role Martin would play until they met and Del Negro assessed Martin's conditioning. ... Butler was facing Washington for the first time since the Wizards traded him to Dallas in 2010. ... Griffin was 1 for 7 from the free throw line, missing his first five. Including the Clippers' previous game against Denver, Griffin missed seven free throws in a row, which tied a career long drought according to STATS LLC.
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