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|Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers changed their game to a more aggressive, driving style that the Grizzlies could not match.|
No one has embraced the antagonist role on the Clippers more than Griffin, who really had the position thrust upon him this season whether he liked it or not. Griffin's reputation around the league has largely changed from a must-see dunker to a can't-watch flopper. Whether that's true or not really doesn't matter as long as he gets under his opponent's skin like he did on Monday night. "It was a hard foul and I felt the foul lasted a little longer than it needed to," Griffin said, smiling about Randolph's technical. "I kind of turned around and looked at him and he looked at me and " "They talked about going to dinner tomorrow night in Memphis," Paul chimed in with a grin on his face. Griffin and Paul could laugh about the play after the game, considering the result and the way both played. Griffin finished with a game-high 30 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Paul finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. As good as Griffin was during the game, it was a bittersweet ending for him as he was forced to watch the end of it from the bench after fouling out as Paul scored eight of the Clippers' 14 points in overtime to lead them to their biggest home win in six years. As Griffin's persona around the league evolves, so has his game, and if this series is any indication, that is a good thing for the Clippers and bad news for the rest of the league. "I have a lot to prove," Griffin said. "My game has a lot of improvement left to be made and I don't ever want to feel like I don't have anything to prove. This year especially I felt like there's really been a drive inside of me to step up in a bigger way and step up on a team that actually wins games. Last year we were out of lot of games and I found out quickly it's a lot different to score and rebound in games that don't really mean anything and doing it in games that mean a lot." No game will mean more than the next one, when a win would give the Clippers only their second series win ever.