Clippers Get Outstanding Game From Blake Griffin, Still Lose Ninth Straight

The Clippers are off to their worst start since 1998-1999, when they began 0-17.

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Blake Griffin Makes Mark On Clippers Franchise History

The Los Angeles Clippers may have lost their ninth straight game last night, a 124-115 defeat to the New York Knicks, but that doesn't mean the game wasn't exciting. Blake Griffin had a career-best game last night, pouring in 44 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, with several highlight dunks along the way. Not only were the 44 points a Clippers franchise rookie record, but they were the second-highest point total by a Clipper in the last 25 years.

Most Points By A Clipper Since 1986-1987
Player Date Opp Points
Charles Smith 12/1/90 Den 52
Blake Griffin 11/20/10 NY 44
Elton Brand 2/10/06 Mem 44
Quentin Richardson    12/31/03 Den 44
Danny Manning 12/7/93 Chi 43
Dominique Wilkins 4/16/94 LAL 42
Eric Gordon 1/23/09 OKC 41
Charles Smith 4/19/91 GSW 40
Charles Smith 3/3/90 Ind 40
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

Eric Gordon previously held the franchise rookie record for points, with 41 two years ago against the Thunder. There have only been nine 40-point games by a Clipper since the beginning of the 1986-1987 season. Losing is always tough, but the Clippers are playing an exciting brand of basketball, and knowing there is a future is the silver lining behind the dark cloud of a 1-13 start to the season.

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Clippers Vs. Knicks: Blake Griffin Shines In 124-115 Loss

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire tallied 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari provided 31 points in New York's 124-115 victory over the one-win Clippers.

Raymond Felton chipped in 20 points, seven assists and seven steals for New York, which forced 20 turnovers en route to its third straight win.

Blake Griffin set a franchise rookie record with 44 points to go with 15 rebounds and seven assists, one of the few highlights for a Los Angeles team that has lost nine straight and fell to 1-13.

Griffin's slam midway through the fourth got the Clippers within 108-103, but the Knicks scored the next eight points, with Stoudemire's dunk providing the visitors with a 116-103 cushion with 4:11 remaining.

It was at least a seven-point game the rest of the way.

A close first quarter ended with LA holding a 29-28 edge, but the Knicks were on top 58-53 at halftime and stayed in front throughout the third, which ended with the score, 93-85.

Eric Gordon netted 25 points for the Clippers, who shot 54.4 percent from the floor and outscored the Knicks in the paint, 54-42...Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler ended with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Knicks.

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Clippers Off To One Of Worst Starts In Team History

The Los Angeles Clippers look to snap their eight-game losing streak tonight as they return home to face the Knicks. Tonight's game is the start of a three-game homestand for the Clippers, who are looking to rebound after a 1-12 start to their season. It is the worst start to a season by the Clippers in 12 years, and third-worst start since moving to Los Angeles in 1984:

Worst 13-Game Starts By LA Clippers
Year 13-Game Start   Comment
1998-1999 0-13   began 0-17
1994-1995 0-13   began 0-16
2010-2011 1-12   ???
1997-1998 1-12   won game #14

Here are the probable starting lineups and injury reports for both teams:

Knicks

Kelenna Azubuike is the only man listed on the Knicks' injury report, as he is out, recovering from left knee surgery.

Clippers

Both Baron Davis (sore left knee) and Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) are out tonight. 

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Clippers Vs. Knicks: Clips Look To End Eight-Game Losing Streak

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers hope to avoid a ninth straight loss Saturday night when they entertain the New York Knicks in the opener of a three-game homestand at Staples Center.

The Clips dropped their latest game in Indianapolis on Thursday when Danny Granger finished with a game-high 22 points and Roy Hibbert added 18 points and eight rebounds as Indiana topped Los Angeles, 107-80.

Eric Gordon finished with 19 points while Blake Griffin and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points apiece in the loss for the Clippers, who are 0-7 on the road and 1-5 at home and are off to their worst start since 1998-99 (1-17).

"Our lack of offense in transition helped them," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro. "Hibbert killed us inside and Indiana moved the ball well."

The Clips haven't lost nine in a row since dropping 12 straight from Dec. 20, 2008-Jan. 14, 2009.

LA, which continues to toil without center Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) and point guard Baron Davis (sore left knee), will also face New Orleans and Sacramento on its residency.

The Knicks, meanwhile, improved to 2-1 on a four-game western road swing last night in Oakland when Raymond Felton had a career-high 35 points and 11 assists to lift New York over the Golden State Warriors, 125-119.

Danilo Gallinari had 23 points, including three treys down the stretch to help New York, which has won two straight after breaking a six-game skid with Wednesday's victory over Sacramento. Amare Stoudemire chipped in 26 points and 11 boards in the victory.

"We're a very young team, so it's going to take time for us to learn how to win down the stretch," Stoudemire said. "As we learn the offense, as we get used to each other and chemistry starts to develop, we have to find out a way to pull out these type of wins. Tonight was a great effort for us."

The Knicks swept the home-and-home series between the two clubs last year after the Clippers did the same in the previous two seasons.

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