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GRIFFIN NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

January 3, 2011

Los Angeles Clippers’ rookie forward Blake Griffin today was named the NBA’s Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for games played through December. The New York Knicks’ Landry Fields won the award for the Eastern Conference.

Griffin led all rookies in scoring (23.0 ppg) and rebounding (13.5 rpg). He also ranked third in steals (0.87 spg), second in assists (3.9 apg) and first in minutes (38.5 mpg). Griffin ended the month in the midst of a 21-game double-double streak, the longest streak by a rookie since Elvin Hayes had 60 straight double-doubles in 1968.

Here is a recap of the month for Griffin:

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

Dec. 1 vs. San Antonio: Scored 31 points and added 13 rebounds, four assists and one block in a 90-85 victory over the Spurs.
Dec. 18 @ Chicago: Recorded 29 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 100-99 victory over the Bulls.
Dec. 26. vs. Phoenix: Posted 28 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 108-103 win over the Suns.
Dec. 29 vs. Utah: Tallied 30 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in a 103-95 loss to the Jazz.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month were Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, San Antonio’s Gary Neal and Washington’s John Wall.

Building upon its already strong appeal to the nation’s youth and as Official Partner of the NBA, T-Mobile is showcasing the NBA’s youngest players -- the Rookies -- through the T-Mobile Rookie Program. Highlights include rookie awards presentations such as the T-Mobile Rookies of the Month and T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2011, T-Mobile and the NBA will host more than 3,500 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District to watch the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam from the best seats in the house at STAPLES Center on Friday, February 18.

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