By Ben Golliver
There's no secret as to how the Clippers will finish in transition, especially when they boast a three-on-one advantage. The only intrigue comes in how they get to the inevitable lob conclusion.
Blake Griffin emphatically and creatively finished another open court opportunity during the third quarter of a Sunday game against the Knicks at the Staples Center, rising from well outside the protected circle to catch and finish an alley-oop toss from Chris Paul using only his right hand. Knicks forward Chris Copeland looked on helplessly as Griffin got head level with the rim, spiking down the finish after cocking the ball back behind his right ear.
The Knicks were without Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire on Sunday due to knee injuries and were forced to start a frontline of Copeland, Kurt Thomas and Kenyon Martin. Good luck with that.
Griffin's dunk gave L.A. a 62-47 lead and the Clippers cruised to a 93-80 win. He finished with 12 points (on six-for-14 shooting), 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 38 minutes. Paul led the Clippers with 20 points (on six-for-12 shooting), eight assists and four rebounds.
Los Angeles, the West's No. 3 seed, improved to 46-21 on the season; New York, the East's No.3 seed, dropped to 38-26 with its fourth straight loss. Video via YouTube user cubanmark301 | Hat tip: The Big Lead