Lost in Saturday’s hype: Another Blake Griffin triple-double
Chris Paul was the go-to guy and the hero Saturday in Game 7, hitting the game-winning shot to send the Clippers to the second round.
Lost in the excitement of the night — which soon became dominated by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight — was that Blake Griffin had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the series (and his playoff career).
Griffin’s averaging 24.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists this postseason, all well above his season averages and better than Tim Duncan in the series (17.9, 11.1, 3.3).
But Saturday was Paul’s night, as the point guard came back from a hamstring injury and scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, including four big 3-pointers.
As a result, the top power forward in the NBA, Tim Duncan, is headed home, while his heir apparent, Griffin, is headed to Houston.
"As soon as this settles tonight, we’ll start thinking about that," Griffin said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.