Griffin stars as Clippers power past Pistons 112-103

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LA Clippers maintained their lead at the top of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with a powerful performance in a 112-103 win at the Detroit Pistons.

Blake Griffin scored 25 points for LA (29-14), but the tone of the game was set by DeAndre Jordan in the first quarter as he proceeded to destroy the Pistons (17-24) with dunk after dunk on his way to 10 points off five dunks in the first quarter.

In the second, it was Blake Griffin who stepped up to help his team-mate as Detroit feel further behind in the game, with Griffin grabbing 21 impressive first half points, as the visitors lead 64-53 at the half.

At the start of the second half, Detroit to pulled the game closer with the help of Josh Smith as they closed the gap to eight points on a couple of occasions.

Smith went over 20 points in the third quarter, but the Clippers extended their lead out to a game high 20 points with under 11 minutes left in the fourth.

Without Griffin on court, the Clippers' lead was cut to 14 with 8:32 left, with Smith and Rodney Stuckey trying their best to inspire a comeback.

Detroit brought it back to a nine-point ball game with under two minutes on the clock. However, Jordan came up with a huge dunk to extend the Clipper lead and Griffin came up with a key turnover, before Crawford sealed it with a quality basket.

Stuckney ended up with a game-high 29 points for the Pistons as he showed great resilience to help his team fight on. 

To see Jordan's early dunks for the Clippers see the video above. 

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