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Oklahoma City Thunder: Former Oklahoma sweetheart Blake Griffin plays the villain as he keeps Clippers in the game

After a rough first half, Blake Griffin was the best player on the floor in the third quarter, shooting 7-of-10, grabbing five rebounds and scoring 15 of L.A.'s 29 points in the 12-minute stretch.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 21, 2013
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/articleid/3907313/1/pictures/2274384">Photo - Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energey Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energey Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

He finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double and 10th on the early season.

“I thought he played great with good spirit,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Somebody had to get it going for us.”

For the Clippers, Griffin has had it going throughout the early part of this season. It's been maybe the best stretch of his career, said reserve guard Jamal Crawford.

He's averaging 22.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, while also flashing an improved jumper. He was 7-of-13 outside the paint on Thursday night.

“I'm confident in it,” Griffin said of the shot. “I've still got a lot of work to do though.”

But it's his physical interior play that makes him such a menace to deal with.

He's dominating and, at times, aggravating for opposing fans, using his physicality to shove bodies around.

But even if Thunder fans get tired of him in games, they'll still have a soft spot for the native when he's off the court.

“As players, that's how we are,” Griffin said, making the comparison to the fans. “If I'm friends with a guy and he's on another team, when we're playing each other, we're not friends really. We're going at each other. And I'd expect the fans to be the same way.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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