The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin kept his emotions to himself in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team.

After scoring 44 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 109-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, he allowed himself a trip down memory lane.

“The best thing to be a part of is something that is bigger than yourself and that is what that was,” he said in a crowded hallway outside the Pistons’ locker room. “I don’t look at what I did.”

Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute from the team that drafted him first overall in 2009.

“There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I’m glad that it’s over,” he said. “The next time I come it won’t be as crazy.”

Also Saturday:

Magic 105, Celtics 103: ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando. Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics. They charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season.

Heat 112, Grizzlies 108: MIAMI — Justise Winslow scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the final seconds and Miami beat Memphis.

Suns 102, Nuggets 93: PHOENIX — Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points for the second time in three games and Phoenix beat Denver, a victory for the team with the worst record in the Western Conference over the team with the best.

Timberwolves 110, Pelicans 106: MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and a career-high 27 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off Anthony Davis and New Orleans.

Thunder 122, Spurs 112: OKLAHOMA CITY — Dennis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the second half to help Oklahoma City beat San Antonio.

Jazz 110, Bulls 102: SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points, his third straight game with more than 30, to help Utah pull away from Chicago.

Kings 104, Hornets 97: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Willie Cauley-Stein had his second straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Sacramento.