Kate Upton and Blake Griffin heat it up inside NYC hot spot

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – SI swimsuit model Kate Upton and Clippers star Blake Griffin were spotted looking like more than just friends inside a trendy NYC tapas bar, a source told E! News.  Upton is apparently a huge fan of New York City and made it known on Twitter.

Griffin showed up around 10:30 p.m. at Beauty & Essex with a group that included fellow ‘Lob City’ member DeAndre Jordan.  Griffin looked casually sharp in a white button-down shirt and salmon-colored pants.  Upton, 21, walked in an hour later and joined the group.

The 21-year-old bombshell was dressed in skinny jeans, a blouse and high heels.  As the night continued the group noshed on empanadas, lobster tacos and stuffed peppers while the two Clippers mates put back Don Julio shots.

Upton was seen holding hands with Griffin all night, although the two were never caught locking lips.  The two left Beauty & Essex and took the party to Avenue nightclub in Chelsea, where “they closed the place down.”