Seventy-four points. Eighteen assists. Twenty-three rebounds. Twenty-seven made field goals.
No those aren’t the numbers of one particular player, though that kind of output would be considered the best game of all-time. It’s the work of both Lebron James (31-8-12) and Blake Griffin (43-15-6) as the two put on one of the best head-to-head duals we’ve seen this season as the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112.
Blake Griffin’s 43 points is his current season high and the third most points scored in a game for his career, his career high being 47 which came against the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Since his debut Griffin has posted 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists twice in his career and has two of the three games of that nature, Kevin Love having the other. Another noting of this statistical rarity is that, since the 1985-86 season, only Blake Griffin has posted this stat line twice while the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, David Robinson and others had only done it once in the time frame.
As for James, his 31 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists output is one not often seen in the NBA. Since being drafted in 2003 (playoffs included), James has produced this stat line or better 14 times. The rest of the NBA? Twenty-one total times with only Baron Davis, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash having three or more. Clipper star Chris Paul has posted the 31-8-12 stat line twice in his career, neither coming as a Clipper.
For those that missed the matchup, we’ve decided to upload the highlights of each players night (courtesy of YT user Dawk Ins) in order for you to enjoy this matchup as much as we did.