Griffin helps Clippers end skid
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin scored 34 points, including a jumper with 17 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 101-96 Saturday, ending a two-game skid.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 37 points, making all 10 of his free throws, and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points, Andre Drummond had 18 points and 19 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson added 20 points in Detroit's third straight loss.
•GREEN, WADE RETURN: Gerald Green returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Saturday, though what exactly caused his extended absence from the team remains a closely guarded secret. Green expressed remorse for the incident but did not offer any new details on what happened at his apartment building Nov. 4. Green has missed Miami's past six games. He was suspended for the past two for conduct detrimental to the team. That suspension cost him about $25,000.
Dwyane Wade was also back with the team Saturday. He missed Thursday's win over Utah, excused because his son Zion was taken to a hospital. Wade cited a need for family privacy when declining to say if the boy has been sent home.
•BUDENHOLZER ABSENT: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer missed Friday night's game at the Boston Celtics because of an undisclosed family emergency.