Blake Griffin makes improbable OT shot to propel Clippers over Suns

BY foxsports • December 9, 2014

Blake Griffin had just made a step-back, 3-point shot that went off the rim and in to give the Clippers a buzzer-beating 121-120 overtime win over the Suns.

Chris Paul jumped and tried to pull Griffin down in a tackle, but Paul was merely hanging on for the celebratory ride around the court at Staples Center.

The Clippers are enjoying this ride, in which they've won eight consecutive games and rode the fine play of Griffin, who scored 45 points on 14 of 24 shots and 15 of 16 free throws. He added eight rebounds with owner Steve Ballmer and Julius Erving in attendance courtside.

And he put the exclamation mark on with an exhilarating end.  

"Obviously excited. The adrenalin was crazy," Griffin said of the postgame celebration. "I only had one thing on my mind. It was just fun being with my teammates like that.

"The best part was every timeout we came to the huddle, we might be down, we might be up, but people were saying we were going to win this game. ... We kept that faith and it worked out."

Did it ever.

"The big cat hit the big shot," J.J. Redick said.  

It didn't seem like it would work out. The Clippers were down by four in overtime but rallied. And that Griffin shot didn't look like it would be good when it left Griffin's hands, not even to him.

"... Right when I shot, I thought that it was flat, short, off, everything," Griffin said. "But it was good, and I got a lucky bounce."

Credit the homecourt and a winning streak that is sticking.

"He was unbelievable," Chris Paul said of Griffin. "I didn't know until I looked at the boxscore that he had 45. Aside from that, down the stretch, he just kept getting bucket after bucket and the beating he takes every night.

"Even that last play, we were out of timeouts and he was like, 'I'm going to give it to you.' I was like, 'No, you might have to keep it.' We were just back and forth. He made that shot, and it was huge for us."

Griffin made just one of two field goals in the fourth quarter, but came up big with seven of the Clippers' nine points in overtime.

Griffin's final shot bounced up off the rim and then in, and the Clippers hugged and cheered and basked in a buzzer-beating victory.

This moment maybe wouldn't have happened Griffin earlier in his career.

"Two years ago, Blake wouldn't have had the courage to take that shot," Rivers said. "He actually wanted that. That was a courageous shot."

Griffin did a little of everything as he had his way against the Suns, but he had a little trouble finding a postgame press conference chair to cooperate. It was such hilarious antics with Griffin and the chair situation that a question posed to DeAndre Jordan during the chair shenanigans was repeated two times.

The buzzer beater off the rim? Well that was no problem. 


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