How Blake Griffin destroyed the Phoenix Suns

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Griffin was a force to be reckoned with Monday night.

Blake Griffin had a monstrous night for the Los Angeles Clippers as they rolled over the Phoenix Suns, putting up 37 points in 31 minutes. He shot 87.5 percent from the field, missed only two of his 16 field goal attempts and was instrumental in the Clippers extending their league-best eight-game winning streak.

His night didn't start in a particularly stunning fashion. He just handled the ball from three-quarters of the court in transition, drove straight to the rim and was awarded a layup after Miles Plumlee was called for goaltending.

Blake1

Ho-hum, right? It's not like he's always shown off his vastly underrated ball-handling ability in transition. (He has. It's incredible sometimes).

His mid-range game was locked in, particularly from the left wing. His ability to drain jumpers as a pick-and-pop player is crucial for the Clippers and makes him a perfect partner for Chris Paul. Los Angeles needs him to space the floor out to 15 feet out and beyond, and Monday he was that guy. All he does is dunk, though.

Blake2

Ok, fine, he does dunk. And he dunks well. Oh so well.

Blake3

The highlights kept rollin' in. How about a turnaround fadeaway jumper over an outstretched arm? Yes, he had one of those.

Blake4

Even his mishaps turned out all right. This dribble-drive-bobble still wound up in his hands and turned into two more points on the scoreboard. The defense does a good job of cutting him off before he can get into the restricted area, but he was able to get the shot off over the top.

Blake5

All of the clips from above were from the first quarter alone. He went off for 22 points in the first 12 minutes, shooting eight-for-nine from the field. Griffin is having a career season, averaging 24.4 points per game, and his full offensive arsenal was on display against Phoenix

---

A Moment with Matt Barnes

Pardon this interruption, but it's time for a moment with Matt Barnes.

1_1

The offensive rebound falls into the hands of DeAndre Jordan, and he spots a cutting Griffin with the entire defense turned away from him. Giant lob dunk incoming?

1_2

No, not quite. Keep an eye on Matt Barnes here, who clearly anticipates Griffin dropping the hammer.

Blake6

Once more.

Barnesreac

"HERE IT COMES ... no ... all right, okay, that'll do." [Insert golf clap for layup]. And that was a moment with Matt Barnes.

---

We now return to our regularly scheduled program of dunks, like this putback dunk all over Miles Plumlee. Nobody bothered boxing out Griffin, one of the NBA's most noted dunkers. The only player even in position to body up Griffin was Goran Dragic, who would've just joined Plumlee in tumbling backward and to the floor.

Blake7

Griffin was seriously locked in from the "west wing." Everything from the elbow was dropping, and it wasn't due to a lack of defense. Channing Frye does a great job of keeping a hand up and making Griffin shoot over the top, but the shots were still falling.

Lastblake

And he stopped by the bank for Blake to cash in a couple of checks. Also from the left side of the court. He thumped in nearly identical shots from the left wing in the second quarter using glass and there was simply nothing the Suns could do to deter the shot. Textbook offense and consistent form from Griffin.

Glassblake

The outcome was a Clippers victory and Griffin putting up his fourth-highest scoring output of the season. Here's one last look at the carnage left behind in the form of a very-green and very-left-wing-heavy shot chart.

A

Los Angeles is still in position to land anywhere in the top four seeds in the Western Conference, and performances like this from Griffin have the Clippers holding onto hope for a No. 1 seed.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.