Blake Griffin took charge in the the Los Angeles Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors in first-round Western Conference playoff action, scoring 35 points to even the series at 1-1.
Griffin made 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in Monday night's Game 2 at Staples Center to completely dominate his match-up against Warriors power forward David Lee.
His 35 points were a career playoff high, while the Clippers' 138 points marked a franchise record in postseason play.
Six other Clippers players scored in double digits, including star point guard Chris Paul, who recorded 12 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Desperate to avoid losing the first two games at home, the Clippers came out on fire to grab an 11-point lead after one quarter and a 67-41 advantage at halftime.
The second half was a mere formality as Los Angeles gradually extended its lead over the game's final 24 minutes.
DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting, also was a major contributor with 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
With a huge lead in hand, Clippers coach Doc Rivers had the luxury of resting his starters and giving heavy minutes to his reserves, who responded by scoring a combined 58 points.
"We really kept the game simple tonight," Rivers was quoted as saying on the Clippers' Web site. "When a guy had an open shot, he shot it. When he didn't, he passed it. And it's very difficult to guard when the ball moves as quickly as it was moving tonight."
Forward Danny Granger took on the role of sixth man by scoring 15 points, while veteran Hedo Turkoglu added 13 points and guard Darren Collison notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry, who scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter.
But shooting guard Klay Thompson, who had been the key to Golden State's surprise victory in Game 1, had a quiet night with only seven points.
Despite the loss, the Warriors achieved their objective of grabbing home-court advantage in the teams' seven-game series.
In one other first-round playoff game Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies also stole home-court advantage from the Oklahoma City Thunder with 111-105 overtime win at Chesapeake Energy Arena that tied that Western Conference series at 1-1. EFE