If Blake Griffin is playing, the Clippers are beating the Warriors


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The Los Angeles Clippers demolished the Golden State Warriors, 138-98, on Monday night to even their first-round Western Conference playoff series at one game apiece. Here are three reasons why:

1. Blake Griffin was not called for any fouls

After being limited to 19 minutes 14 seconds because of foul trouble in the Clippers’ 109-105 loss at home to Golden State in Game 1, Griffin was available to play 29:32 and be more aggressive defensively. He ended the game with six rebounds (two offensive, four defensive) and two steals.

2. Blake Griffin scored a playoff career-high 35 points

Griffin was also able to create offensively. He shot 13 for 17 (76.5 percent) from the field, including 9 for 11 from less than eight feet from the basket.


3. Blake Griffin made the Warriors pay for fouling him

Griffin is a career 64.2 percent free throw shooter who has been sent to the line 10 or more times in 88 career games (including playoffs). He would convert on 90 percent or better in 11 of those but last night was his first in the playoffs, where he went 9 for 10 at the line.

“We were awful,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after the game. No, you were Griffin’d.

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Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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