When it became clear
Griffin had a strong game throughout, collecting a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Clippers to a 110-103 victory over the Nets.
Chris Paul struggled most of the game, but he produced his 10th consecutive double-double, scoring 12 points and handing out 13 assists. Paul also had seven rebounds.
Paul was three for 12 from the field, but his two field goals late in the fourth helped the Clippers win their fourth consecutive game.
"We didn't play with a lot of energy. You could see that," said Clippers Coach
After Griffin grabbed a rebound in the third quarter, he began to limp downcourt after rolling his left foot. He went to the locker room with trainer Jasen Powell with 7:30 left in the third.
The Clippers were down, 65-54, when Griffin departed.
Griffin came back to the court with 5:15 left in the third and checked back into the game with 4:48 left in the third.
Then Griffin made his entrance into the game in style. He blocked a shot by
Griffin, who was 12 for 19 from the field, made the free throw for a three-point play that tied the score at 67-67 in the third.
"That was good that he was able to come back," Rivers said. "It was scary when he got hurt, but he was fine."
Then after a
Though the Nets were playing without four of their starters, they still opened a 10-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 11 in the third quarter.
But that didn't stop the Nets from playing hard, from playing as if they had a full team.
The Nets opened a 10-point lead on a three-point play by
That's when the Clippers finally woke up.
The Clippers finished the first half on a 10-1 run to close to within 55-54 at halftime.
Griffin had 18 first-half points on seven-for-nine shooting and Redick added 12 points in the first half on five-for-eight shooting.
It was Paul who had troubles early.
He didn't score his first two points until there was 3:42 left in the second quarter, and that was on two free throws.
Paul made his first field goal with 1:45 left in the second, on a three-pointer, helping him finish with seven first-half points.