Blake Griffin scored a career-high 50 points Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena. Griffin’s Detroit Pistons beat a very good Philadelphia 76ers team 133-132 in overtime. Griffin scored the game-tying basket in overtime. Griffin scored the game-winning free throw on the and-one. Blake Griffin is good.
Griffin became the sixth Piston in history to score at least 50 points with the last being Rip Hamilton’s 51 in 2006. Other members of the exclusive club were Jerry Stackhouse (01), Kelly Tripucka (83), Dave Bing (71) and George Yardley twice (58).
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Griffin’s line of 50 points, 14 rebounds and six assists have only been matched or bested by nine players in NBA history. Russell Westbrook did it in 2017, James Harden in 2016, Michael Jordan three times, Bob McAdoo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar four times, Wilt Chamberlain 12 times, Rick Barry, and Elgin Baylor five times.
That is some good company.
Here are some Tweets reacting to Blake’s performance.
50-14-6 on 20/35, 5/10 from deep, game-winning And-One with 1.8 left in OT, just one turnover. Played smart and solid defense all game. What a night for Blake Griffin.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) October 24, 2018
Bet Embiid's already getting the IG post ready even though he lost, got baptized by Blake and locked up in OT by, of all souls, Zaza. https://t.co/Bjikg3r8IB— Brady Fredericksen (@Brady_Fred) October 24, 2018
This Pistons/ Sixers game though.. @blakegriffin23 playing out of this world!— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) October 24, 2018
And finally, seriously, enjoy this thread. And if you’re not a Twitter-er, throw an appropriate GIF in the comments.
Taking GIF submissions to send to Joel Embiid after a hard-fought game.— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) October 24, 2018