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Griffin scores 43, Clippers hold off Hornets 124-121 in OT

Since returning from knee surgery last month, a healthy Blake Griffin has been on quite a tear.

His performance Sunday night was the most impressive yet.

Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.

"He's played like he's on a mission," teammate J.J. Redick said. "I don't know what that mission is, but he's been dominant. That's as good as I've seen him play."

Redick scored 22 points for the Clippers, and center DeAndre Jordan added 20 points and 19 rebounds. Chris Paul, in his second game back from a thumb injury, had 15...

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