LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin used a banking analogy to describe his dominant performance against the Lakers Friday night. And most of the time the Clippers got the ball to him, he was money in the bank.
Griffin scored 39 points and went 11 for 12 from the free throw line, powering the Clippers to a gritty 118-111 victory over the winless Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Staples Center co-tenants.
"Just carrying over from last year, and all the work I put in this summer, it's confidence-building," Griffin said. "I mean, when you've deposited a lot of money, you feel good about writing checks. And that's kind of what I'm doing now. I've put the time in on this, but I still have to do the same things that make us successful.