Blake Griffin's double-double run ends
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's double-double streak ended at 27 games Wednesday when Griffin finished with 29 points and eight rebounds in a 126-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The last time Griffin had failed to record a double-double was Nov. 18 at Indiana, meaning the streak lasted more than two months. As he often did during the streak, he downplayed it after the game.
"Coming into this season, I wasn't worried about double-double streaks," Griffin said. "So right now I'm not worried about double-double streaks -- I'm worried about winning.
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"Now I can just start a new one."
Griffin exited the game with 3:54 left in the fourth and looked displeased while walking to his seat on the bench, but he made nothing of it afterward. Interestingly, his 31 minutes Wednesday were the fewest he had played since Nov. 18, when he played 29 in a 107-80 loss to the Pacers.
Minnesota forward Kevin Love extended his own streak to an NBA-high 29 games with a 26-point, 11-rebound performance Wednesday. He had no rebounds at halftime but picked up six in the third quarter and five in the fourth to extend the streak, but the Timberwolves lost their eighth game in their past nine tries.
"I definitely am proud [of my streak]," Love said afterward. "But I would rather be on the Clippers' side and have won 11 out of the last 15. They're playing good basketball and you've got to give it to them."
Pedro Moura is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.