Griffin has season-best 23, Detroit upsets Lakers

Posted by watchmen
January 30, 2021
Posted in SPORTS

By Adrian Stewart Co

Blake Griffin had his best game of the season as the Detroit Pistons pulled off a 107-92 upset over Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Thursday night (Friday in the Philippines) at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons tries to get around LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Little Caesars Arena on January 28, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images photo)

Griffin tallied 23 points, including five three-point conversions, as he also jumpstarted the Pistons’ 16-0 scoring blast in the fourth quarter that turned a slim 88-87 edge to a 104-87 advantage.

Wayne Ellington also had a solid showing with 20 points, Mason Plumlee had double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jerami Grant and Derrick Rose had 14 each for the Pistons, which have won two of its last three games to improve to 5-14.

LeBron James had 22 points and 10 assists, but only two of those points came after halftime as the defending champions Lakers suffered its second consecutive defeat, a first since the regular season last year.

Kyle Kuzma also had 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Talen Horton-Tucker and Dennis Schroder had 13 and 10 for the 14-6 Lakers, which played without Anthony Davis due to a right quad contusion.

Meanwhile, Houston Rockets clawed back from 20 points down in the opening quarter as they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-101, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Christian Wood finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing three games with a sprained right ankle, while John Wall had 20 as the Rockets moved up to 8-9. Portland slipped to 9-8.

Los Angeles Clippers, on the other hand, cruised to a 109-105 victory against an also short-handed Miami Heat over at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points, while Lou Williams added 17 points for the 14-5 Clippers, who were again without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George because of the league’s virus protocols and Patrick Beverley with right knee soreness.

 BOX SCORE:

DETROIT 107 – Griffin 23, Ellington 20, Plumlee 17, Grant 14, Rose 14, Stewart 8, Wright 6, J. Jackson 3, Doumbouya 2, F. Jackson 0, Mykhailiuk 0, Sirvydis 0.

LOS ANGELES 92 – James 22, Kuzma 22, Horton-Tucker 13, Schroder 10, Harrell 8, Caldwell-Pope 6, Caruso 6, Matthews 3, Cacok 2, Gasol 0, Morris 0, Cook 0, McKinnie 0.

Quarterscores: 34-31, 56-58, 82-78, 107-92./ASC, WDJ

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