LOS ANGELES, January 18 – Blake Griffin continued his superb rookie season, scoring a career-high 47 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 114-107 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Griffin scored several different ways against the Pacers as he powered his way to the basket for dunks and executed from long range when he needed to, finishing with 14 rebounds for his 27th straight double double.
"I wanted to come out and execute," Griffin said. "It’s fun to play well, but it’s more fun to get the win. The way we’ve been playing as a team, it helps everyone right now."
Griffin made 19 field goals and also broke his own record for points in a game by a Clippers’ rookie player.
Eric Gordon finished with 23 points and Baron Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who have won five of their last six games.
The Clippers are fresh off a win Sunday over the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and have won 10 of their last 14.
Danny Granger scored 32 points and Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers. Granger made 10-of-11 shots from the free-throw line.
"Spectacular performance by Griffin," Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said. "We couldn’t guard him, he was too much to handle."
Griffin scored 15 points in just the second quarter on perfect seven-of-seven shooting as the Clippers rallied from an early deficit to close within three at halftime.