Despite winning the war against the Dallas Mavericks, defeating them 109-103, Blake Griffin lost a battle that fans had been keeping an eye on this season. By scoring 18 points against Dallas, Griffin’s franchise record of consecutive 20-point games comes to an end at 30 games.
This isn’t a small task and it shows how Griffin has evolved as a player this season. Prior to the 2013-14 season, or the arrival of Doc Rivers which may matter more than a change in the calendar date, Griffin’s career-high for consecutive games of 20 points was 14 which was then third in Los Angeles Clippers history behind the likes of Dominique Wilkins (19) and Derek Smith (18). That all changed as Griffin soon went on the best scoring streak of his career.
During those 30 games, Blake Griffin averaged 27 points on 54% shooting, also grabbing 9.1 rebounds and dishing 4.3 assists during the span. Behind Griffin’s brilliant play, the Clippers managed to go 22-8, with only the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets have a better record over the time period.
To put perspective on Griffin’s 30-game streak, the only player to average 20-plus over a longer period of games than Griffin is Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer and presumed most valuable player as he accomplished the task over the course of 44 games. Carmelo Anthony is third this season with 21 straight (also has streaks of 14 and 10) followed by Kevin Love (14, done twice), Stephen Curry (12), and Al Jefferson/Lamarcus Aldridge (11). Shockingly, Lebron James hasn’t had a top-5 consecutive 20-point output, but he reigns in after the aforementioned players with 10 (done twice). And since the 2008-09 season, only Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony have had longer streaks that Griffin.
While players don’t attempt to put much weight into personal records, this is one Griffin or fans can resort to when people claim that he can’t score, doesn’t have a post game or that “all he does is dunk”. Scoring 20-points in 30 consecutive regular season games isn’t going to force Adam Silver to give you a championship, but for a player like Griffin, one that many thought wasn’t living up to the media-created expectations that surrounded him, this is a good step going forward.
All stats used were generated from Basketball-Reference.