While the Clippers lost the battle, Blake Griffin walked away from tonight’s victory with a nice achievement: the power forward has notched his fourth career triple-double.
Though Griffin struggled from the field (9-of-23 to be exact), Griffin notched 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 39 minutes of play.
Tonight’s performance would mark Griffin’s first triple double since last March when the forward posted 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to Basketball-Reference, Griffin’s fourth triple double ties him with Mark Jackson for most triple-doubles by a Los Angeles Clippers player since the 1985-86 season. Former two-time Clipper Lamar Odom leads the team in the given time period with 11 total triple-doubles. Given how his responsibilities have grown on the offensive end, mainly Doc Rivers keying in on Griffin’s playmaking ability in both the half-court and fast break, his opportunities for a triple-double may have increased.
Since playing his first game in 2010, only forwards Lebron James (9), Kevin Durant (6), and Andre Iguodala (5) have had more triple doubles than Griffin. Paul Pierce and Nicolas Batum have posted four like Griffin.
Surely enough, posting a stat line such as this is nice, but it’s guaranteed the forward would have traded this minuscule moment for a “W” in the win column. But you can’t change the past, so enjoying Griffin’s stat line is what we’ll do until the next game.