Punctuating an individually dominant stretch, Blake Griffin hammered in a stylish breakaway dunk late in the third quarter on Thursday night.
It's the kind of rare athletic display that fans used to idolize the high-flying Griffin for around these parts during his time at Oklahoma Christian School and OU.
But not anymore. Now it just leads to some grumbling and a chorus of boos, which came down a pair of times during the Clippers' 105-91 loss in Oklahoma City.
BOX SCORE: THUNDER 105, CLIPPERS 91
“Yeah, it's been happening,” Griffin said of the negative response. “But that's the great thing about Oklahomans, they're extremely loyal to their team.”
And on Thursday, that unwavering loyalty meant Griffin was the obvious villain, a role he played rather well.
With the sluggish Clippers, on the second night of a road back-to-back, struggling to keep up with the rested Thunder, Griffin kept the game somewhat interesting.
After a rough first half, 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.