Blake Griffin seized his first opportunity to show his former fans what they're missing, scoring 44 points to lead the visiting Detroit Pistons to a 109-104 National Basketball Association victory against the Los Angeles Clippers.
To make matters worse, that was after showering him with video tributes and making up t-shirts that compared Griffin with the likes of Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein as part of their recruiting pitch.
During pregame warmups, as Griffin walked off the floor, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer stepped toward him along the sideline and extended his hand.
Griffin is the most prolific Clippers player in the history of the franchise and was traded to Detroit, which came as a surprise to fans, near the NBA Trade Deadline last season.
Asked if he would ever shake Ballmer's hand, Griffin bristled, saying, "I am not here to answer hypothetical questions".
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Blake Griffin didn't disappoint in his return to Los Angeles. "The next time I come it won't be as insane".
Andre Drummond was Detroit's second-leading scorer with 20 points.
"Down the stretch we played great defense, got stops and protected the ball and that was the difference", Griffin said. The 29-year-old dropped a game-high 44 points in front of his former home crowd, and it must have been quite a satisfying win for the former Clipper.
Danilo Gallinari led Los Angeles with 23 points, while Lou Williams scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell 21, both coming off the bench.