Blake Griffin put up historically-great numbers in Clippers’ last two victories over Rockets and Spurs


Blake Griffin was outstanding during the Clippers’ series-clinching Game 7 win over the Spurs, but thanks to Chris Paul’s otherworldly performance, Griffin’s effort went largely unnoticed.

Against the Rockets in Game 1 of the second round, however, with Paul unable to go due to a hamstring injury, the spotlight was there for Griffin, and he had no trouble taking center stage.

Griffin helped to finish off the Spurs by posting a triple-double line of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He was even better in Houston, finishing with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists to put the Clippers up 1-o in the best-of-seven series. And the back-to-back triple-doubles put him in some historically-great company.

From ESPN Stats & Information:

He’s the first player with back-to-back triple-doubles in a postseason game since Jason Kidd accomplished the feat in 2002.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Griffin is the third non-guard in NBA history with back-to-back postseason triple-doubles. The other two are NBA legends Wilt Chamberlain (who did it twice) and John Havlicek.

Elias also notes that Griffin is the fourth player in NBA history with back-to-back 20-point triple-doubles in the postseason, joining Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Baron Davis.

It’s worth remembering, as’s John Scuhmann pointed out, that the Clippers suffered the biggest loss in terms of on-off net rating when Chris Paul missed time during the regular season. When you look at the lack of a bench that L.A. has struggled to deal with all year long, that makes perfect sense — and also makes you realize just how special Griffin has been in his last two performances, but especially during a road win in Houston when his team needed him the most.