Blake Griffin appears to snub Steve Ballmer

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

You can't blame Griffin if he did not want to reminisce with Ballmer about his time in Los Angeles, which ended on a bad note.

Blake Griffin seized his first opportunity to show his former fans what they're missing, scoring 44 points to lead the visiting Detroit Pistons to a 109-104 National Basketball Association victory against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I'm glad that it's over", said Griffin.

The 29-year-old forward is averaging a career-high 25.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. This sudden trade came on the heels of the franchise giving him a five-year, $175 million max extension.

Griffin did acknowledge the Staples Center crowd following a tribute video streamed on the arena's jumbotron during an early first-quarter timeout.

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Before the game, Clippers owner Ballmer waited on the sidelines and then extended his hand for a handshake, but Griffin ignored him, sprinting off to the locker room.

Griffin claimed Saturday's run to the locker room is part of his normal pregame routine.

Danilo Gallinari led the Clippers with 23 points.

Detroit center Andre Drummond added 20 points and 21 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

The Pistons held onto their double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter, only to see LA's bench come alive down the stretch, led by their one-two punch of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.

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