Oklahoma City handles Blake Griffin's homecoming perfectly

Berry Tramel: The Thunder didn't let the former OU star keep them from winning on its home court.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 22, 2011

But soon enough, the Blake Show slowed. Durant got hot, with 13 points in a 6�-minute stretch of the first quarter. And when Griffin found some foul trouble of his own, the rout was on.

By midway through the fourth quarter, with the Thunder up 22, the crowd felt relaxed enough to ooh and aah over a one-handed Griffin dunk off an alley-oop pass from Baron Davis.

Perfect. Give Griffin no ground when he's any kind of threat. But when the game's decided, bake him cookies and name your firstborn after him, who cares?

It most definitely was fun to see Griffin live again. A whirling dervish of an athletic freak, Griffin can't be fully appreciated off the Sony, high def or not.

Griffin had his normal monster game — 28 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists — and his value to the Clippers came through clearly in the second quarter.

Griffin was whistled for his third foul with the Thunder leading 46-44. A moment later, the Thunder embarked on a 15-0 run to end the first half and effectively put away the game.

Just what the Thunder needed to start an otherwise brutal week, road games at San Antonio and Orlando, before a home game against the Lakers on Sunday, when the building will be buzzing again.

And the main man of Oklahoma City will be wearing Thunder No. 35.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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