Clippers erase 21-point deficit to beat Pelicans
LOS ANGELES – Agence France-Presse
Griffin drained his three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining en route to a 27-point performance against the Pelicans who were playing their first game since a leg injury ended the season of all-star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Griffin also had 12 assists for the Clippers who rallied from a 21-point first half deficit and ended the Pelicans four-game win streak.
Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, who missed star forward Cousins after he tore his Achilles tendon in the final minute of the win on Jan. 26 win over Houston. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds when he went down.
The Pelicans suffered just their second loss in their last nine contests.
Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 110-96.
The all-star forward added nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd.
In Toronto, Fred VanVleet came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points as the Toronto Raptors manhandled the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 123-111 at the Air Canada Centre arena.