It’s been some time since L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin brutalized an opposing player with a rim-racking dunk, and Wednesday night the 24-year-old made up for lost time with forward Kris Humprhies.
Late in the third quarter of L.A.’s 111-105 victory over the Boston Celtics, Griffin passed off to Jamal Crawford, who immediately drew a double team, leaving the lane wide open.
Utilizing his best skill of flashing to the basket, Griffin steamrolled through the lane as Crawford split his defenders with a deft pass. Griffin then elevated at mid-paint for a huge, one-handed throw down and stared down Humphries. Griffin eventually led all scorers with 29 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
Humphries could barely get up to defend Griffin’s shot, but before the game he was listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury. Humphries has battled for minutes since he arrived in the summer from Brooklyn, but in January he’s logging 9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 26 minutes a game.
The Clippers are 4-1 in January, even with Chris Paul down for the last three games, and Griffin has been on a tear averaging 24 points on 53 percent shooting and 9.6 rebounds.
L.A. moved to 25-13, while Boston dropped to 13-23 and a game and a half behind the final playoff spot in the East.