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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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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.

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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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