The L.A. Clippers (30-17) lost 110-121 to the Philadelphia 76ers (16-27) on Tuesday, even with forward Blake Griffin returning from a right knee injury that sidelined him since Dec. 18.
Griffin started at power forward and played 29 minutes in his first game back from surgery on his right knee. He logged 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists versus the Sixers. However, he shot just 27.3 percent from the field.
After the game, Griffin said he should’ve attacked more in his first game back. He said he felt he settled for some jump-shots and committed some stupid turnovers.
“I was sloppy, rusty,” Griffin said after the game via ESPN.
Still, he said he felt fine during the game. Griffin said he has had workouts that were twice as a bad during his rehab.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan also added 10 points and 20 rebounds. Nonetheless, the 76ers big men stole the show.
Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Teammate Dario Saric finished the night 16 points and eight rebounds. Plus, 76ers big Richaun Holmes scored 18 points too.
Otherwise, L.A. found scoring from their backcourt with star guard Chris Paul still out with a thumb injury. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 27 points. J.J. Redick added 22 points, while Austin Rivers also dropped 20 points.
Nonetheless, the Clippers welcome back Griffin with Paul out at least another month. Reports surfaced that Griffin would play in Philadelphia on Tuesday after his injury status was upgraded from out to doubtful before Monday’s night game versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Blake Griffin listed as probable tonight. Doc said yesterday "most likely." All signs pointing to Blake's return tonight in Philly
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) January 24, 2017
Griffin averaged 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 26 games before tonight’s game. The Clippers were 10-8 without him in the lineup, and they currently hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
L.A. plays their next game versus the Golden State Warriors (38-7) on Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. PST.
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