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Carlos Boozer, CHI: A
During a first half in which the Chicago Bulls managed to score just 40 points, Carlos Boozer dropped in 10 on his own. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out an assist and blocked a shot.
Thus setting the pace for a memorable evening.
Boozer dropped in a mid-range J during the third quarter and began a fast start in the second half. He'd score seven points in the third quarter, thus pushing the Bulls from seven behind to a tie when he exited the game.
The fourth quarter provided Boozer with yet another platform to thrive.
Although his team struggled to support him, Boozer put together yet another quality quarter. He quickly topped 20 points and grabbed his 10th rebound early in the fourth.
Thus giving Boozer his first 20 and 10 game since November 24.
Boozer would finish with 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor. A fine evening, indeed, from the former Duke Blue Devil.
Unfortunately, a performance that could not prevent a loss.
Blake Griffin, LAC: A
If we could grade Blake Griffin based on his ability to make a highlight reel, he'd have an A+. His three first-half dunks alone are candidates to make SportsCenter's Top 10.
Griffin's back-and-forth alley-oop with Jamal Crawford over Marco Belinelli provided yet another highlight-reel finish.
Minutes later he finished another alley-oop. One of the Clippers' 10 dunks on the night.
Although Griffin relied rather heavily on his jump shot, the fact that Griffin used glass on a baseline attempt proves how far he has come from a mental standpoint. Knowing your surroundings and how to react is a key to success.
Griffin proved well aware of just that.
The two-time All-Star played virtually a mistake-free game, righting his first-quarter field goal woes by finishing as he knows best. Although his jump shot continued to falter, Griffin stayed at it and eventually made a few key buckets.
That includes a put-back tip with under 2:30 remaining and his first three-pointer of the year.
Griffin finished with 22 points and 10 boards.