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Clippers 113, Warriors 109: Blake Griffin Flirts With Triple-Double, Hits Game Winning Triple Instead

Blake Griffin continued his amazing rookie season, flirting with a first triple-double, but instead hit the game-winning three-pointer to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-109 win over Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Griffin, who had 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists at halftime, ended with 30 points, 18 rebounds, and eight assists, including a tie-breaking three-pointer with 45.9 seconds left. The eight assists and 18 rebounds are new career highs for the rookie.

There have only been 16 Clippers ever to get a triple double:

Clippers With Triple-Doubles
Player Triple-Doubles Last
Lamar Odom 7 3/31/2001
Mark Jackson 4 3/13/1994
Ron Harper 3 3/11/1994
Swen Nater 1 11/3/1979
Michael Brooks 1 3/11/1983
Ken Norman 1 3/25/1989
Benoit Benjamin 1 3/31/1989
Gary Grant 1 1/30/1990
Danny Manning 1 12/22/1993
Pooh Richardson     1 3/25/1995
Derek Anderson 1 12/6/1999
Jeff McInnis 1 3/16/2001
Andre Miller 1 1/10/2003
Elton Brand 1 1/26/2003
Baron Davis 1 1/12/2010
Steve Blake 1 4/14/2010

Of the 27 triple-doubles in Clippers history, all but one have featured at least 10 points, rebounds, and assists. The only exception was Benjamin, who had 10 blocks to go along with his 25 points and 10 rebounds on March 31, 1989 against San Antonio. The only rookie to pick up a triple-double was Odom, who had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists on December 30, 1999 at Houston.

Eric Gordon had 23 points tonight, his ninth straight game with 20 or more points. But he landed hard on a foul with 4:44 minutes remaining in the third quarter, and had to leave the game one possession later with a lower back contusion. He later returned in the fourth quarter..

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