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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Griffin scores league-high 47

Clippers rookie shows versatility with all-out assault on Pacers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Those critics who label Blake Griffin's offense one-dimensional? The Los Angeles Clippers rookie answered them with the NBA's high-scoring game this season.

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One-man wrecking crew: Los Angeles' Blake Griffin shoots in front of Indiana's James Posey on Monday. AP PHOTO

Hitting a mix of bank shots, hooks and turnaround jumpers, Griffin had a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds for his 27th consecutive double-double, helping the Clippers rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107 on Monday.

"It's cool because all I hear is, 'He can dunk and jumps high,' " Griffin said. "People question the other skills and as a basketball player, you take that personally."

It was Griffin's 33rd double-double of his rookie season, and his 19 field goals made were a career best. His points topped the previous league high of 46 by Golden State's Monta Ellis.

"Oh my goodness, he caught a feeling today," Baron Davis said of Griffin. "He was unstoppable. We just kept feeding him and he kept producing. That keeps the defense off-balance."

Danny Granger scored 32 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and former UCLA star Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who practically dared Griffin to shoot by rarely double-teaming him.

"We wanted to keep him from getting to the paint and just make him take tough jumpers. But he was making a lot of jump shots, so it was hard to defend him," Granger said.

Eric Gordon added 23 points and Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a win over the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers a day earlier and have won 10 of their last 14.

"It's time to be a more mature team," Gordon said.

Celtics 109, Magic 106

In Boston, Kevin Garnett returned after missing nine games with an injured leg and came up with a steal in the final seconds.

Blazers 113, T-Wolves 102

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 37 points and the Blazers beat Minnesota for the 15th consecutive time.

Lakers 101, Thunder 94

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol scored 21 points and Kobe Bryant added 21 and seven assists, though he missed three last-minute free throws.

Hawks 100, Kings 98

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 36 points, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.

Suns 129, Knicks 121

In New York, Vince Carter scored 29 points, including the 20,000th of his career, and Phoenix matched a season high with its third straight victory.

Pistons 103, Mavericks 89

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points to help Detroit send Dallas to its sixth consecutive loss.

Hornets 85, Raptors 81

In New Orleans, David West had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hornets win their fifth straight.

Bulls 96, Grizzlies 84

In Memphis, Derrick Rose returned to the city where he starred at the University of Memphis with his first career triple-double, and Luol Deng scored 28 points to lead Chicago.

Rockets 93, Bucks 84

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 36 points and the Rockets recovered from their lowest first-half point total of the season.

76ers 96, Bobcats 92

In Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala hit the go-ahead jumper with 37.6 seconds left in overtime, and Thaddeus Young followed with a game-saving steal for the Sixers.

Wizards 108, Wizards 101

In Washington, John Wall had 19 points and a career-high 15 assists to lead the Wizards to their fourth straight home victory.

Warriors 109, Nets 100

In Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis had 26 points and nine assists.

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