Blake Griffin joins Jamal Crawford at pro-am to dazzle crowd
Seattle Times staff reporter
Jamal Crawford delivered Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers tandem brought a little bit of Lob City to Seattle.
They connected several times during the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-am on Saturday for an array of crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunks.
The rims at Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion probably weren’t designed to withstand Griffin’s ferocious attack, but the near-capacity crowd enjoyed the aerial assault from the NBA’s 2011 slam-dunk contest champion.
Thanks to several jaw-dropping assists from Crawford, who poured in 49 points, Griffin hammered in 12 dunks en route to game-high 51 points and a 136-122 win for his team.
“I didn’t know much about Seattle until I got to the league, but everybody that came here and played the Sonics told me nothing but good things,” said Griffin, who had never played in Seattle. “I definitely wanted to check it out, and it met all of my expectations.”
Wearing a No. 13 maroon jersey and a pair of pink Air Jordan shoes, Griffin knifed through the defense for windmill jams and tomahawk dunks.
Former Washington center Aziz N’Diaye drew boos from the crowd when he delivered hard fouls to Griffin on three straight possessions and prevented what might have been more highlights.
“It got physical out there, but that’s how Blake likes it,” Crawford said. “He wanted some competition, and he got it.”
The Clippers duo connected on the game’s showstopper, as Crawford tossed the ball off the glass during a fast break and Griffin sailed high to retrieve it for a two-hand dunk in traffic.
“It’s been a great weekend,” said Crawford.
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