With start point guard Chris Paul out with an injury, power forward Blake Griffin kept the Los Angeles Clippers near the top of the Western Conference.
He took his game up a level and the Clippers continued to win games without their leader and best player.
On Wednesday, the league rewarded Griffin for his recent play by naming him the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month.
The National Basketball Association today announced that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been named Western Conference Player of the Month for February. It marks the first time Griffin has achieved this honor and the first time a Clipper has won since Chris Paul (December, 2012).
Griffin helped the Clippers to a 7-4 month including victories over Houston, Oklahoma City and Portland. He had averages of 30.0 points and 10.7 rebounds. Amongst Western Conference players, the four-time All-Star ranked third in scoring and sixth in rebounding, and was one of only two players in the league to average at least 30.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for the month. He recorded eight double-doubles and extended his career-best streak of 20-plus-point games to 19 (currently at 20).
Griffin is averaging 24.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this season.