GriffinThey hadn't won back-to-back games since this past February, but the Los Angeles Clippers changed that Thanksgiving night with a 100-82 win over the Sacramento Kings. Their victory came three nights after handing the New Orleans Hornets their second loss of the season. The 18-point win was the Clippers' largest margin of victory since outscoring the Minnesota Timberwolves by 25 on December 16, 2009.
FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Blake Griffin scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Clippers-Kings game on Thursday night, his sixth 20-and-10 game (points-and-rebounds) of the season. He also became the first NBA rookie with a 20-and-10 game on the Thanksgiving holiday since Seattle's Bob Kauffman had 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Milwaukee in 1968.
Taking it one step further, Griffin and Wilt Chamberlain are the only rookies in NBA history to score 25 points and grab 15 rebounds on Turkey Day. Chamberlain accomplished the feat in 1959.
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FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Josh Smith had a tremendous all-around game in the Hawks’ easy win over the Wizards on Thanksgiving evening: he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-for-14 from the floor. Actually, it was the second game in this young season in which Smith has coupled a 20-and-10 game (points-and-rebounds) with at least five assists while shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. The only other NBA players with two such games this season are Smith’s teammate Al Horford and the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.