Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has a simple explanation for Blake Griffin's recent dominance.
"He's good," Rivers said.
Griffin has been better than good for the last two weeks, averaging 26.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in eight games. He has shot 53.8% from the field and 80.6% (58 for 72) from the free-throw line.
Asked if this stretch is the best he has played in his career, Griffin said, "Might be."
The Clippers are 6-2 during the stretch, and Griffin said, "The best part about it is we've won games."
Griffin was at his absolute best Saturday night against the Utah Jazz, scoring a season-high 40 points on 13-for-20 shooting and 14-for-17 free-throw accuracy. For the season, he is leading the Clippers in scoring (21.9 points a game, 12th in the NBA) and is second in rebounds (10.6).
"I think I'm learning to take what the defense gives you and not trying to force anything," Griffin said.
Perhaps most important, Griffin is making free throws at a career-best rate — 70%, up from 66% last season.
"It's the confidence to step up and hit free throws," Griffin said. "It's from my teammates telling me that. Also, it's the work I put in with our shooting coach, Bob Thate. He's done an unbelievable job and just stayed on me. For me, it's all confidence right now."