Blake Griffin takes the blame for missed opportunity against Thunder

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 6, 2011

Booed every time he dunked the ball in front of his hometown fans, former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin went up strong for one final razzing against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

With the Los Angeles Clippers trailing by three, Griffin had the ball roughly 18 feet away from the basket on the right side of the lane. He easily blew past Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and attempted a powerful dunk over Serge Ibaka, who had come over the help defensively.

Ibaka fouled hard enough to make Griffin's throw-down clang off the back of the rim. Had Griffin converted the dunk, he would have attempted a free throw to tie the score at 108 with 14.4 seconds left. Instead, he had to settle for two free-throw attempts.

A disappointed Griffin looked toward the Clippers' bench, pointed at his chest and said, "My fault."

Griffin's potential three-point play wound up becoming one converted free throw, and the Thunder went on the clinch the Northwest Division title with a 112-108 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,203 inside Oklahoma City Arena.

What exactly was Griffin's fault in the dunk sequence?

"I should have made the dunk. It should have been an and-one," Griffin said. "I should have had a chance to tie the game up, so I'm disappointed I missed it."

Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he didn't see Griffin's "My fault" proclamation.

"It was a good play. It was an aggressive play," Del Negro said. "It was something that he can finish, it just didn't go in. No, I thought it was an excellent play by him."

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