Blake Griffin had a career-high 50 points in a 133-132 overtime win over Philadelphia.
He reached the milestone on a driving layup and-1 that doubled as the tying basket and winning free throw for the team he was traded to last winter.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 24, 2018
“And this summer, I was able to really put time in and work on my game, work on my body, and I’ve always been a big believer in hard work pays off.”
Griffin tied a career high with five 3-pointers and set a career mark with 20 field goals. His 50 points are the seventh most in Pistons history.
“He’s playing at a high level right now,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Offensively and defensively, he’s out there talking and making decisions, communicating. He’s playing great. Of all the great players I’ve worked with, Dirk [Nowitzki], Kyle Lowry, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Kemp, all those guys, he’s playing at that high level right now.
“And he’s just one of those guys that is taking it to another level, leading his team, putting them on his back, being a leader in the timeout. But again, that’s what we expect from Blake because he is that good of a player.”
Blake Griffin is the 6th player in @DetroitPistons history to record a 50-point game.
He started 0-6 on free throw attempts but made his last 5, including the game-winning FT in OT.
It is the 1st 50-point game by a Pistons player since Richard Hamilton in 2006 vs Knicks. pic.twitter.com/za82zO4Wxn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 24, 2018
Fellow 50-point scorer Hamilton took to Twitter to congratulate Griffin.
— Rip Hamilton (@ripcityhamilton) October 24, 2018
When fully healthy Blake is a beast.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 24, 2018
Problem is he’s rarely fully healthy.