It makes sense that in arguably Griffin's top defensive performance of the season, he had his quietest night offensively. Before the decisive fourth quarter, Griffin spent most of the night complaining about no-calls, which has become one of his bad habits. Luckily the rest of the team was able to make up for Griffin's lack of offensive output with exquisite passing and perimeter defense (disregarding Jamal Crawford's one-man show in the fourth quarter).
Paul made all the big plays down the stretch -- a double clutch 3-pointer over Raymond Felton to beat the shot clock late in the fourth quarter, a layup over LaMarcus Aldridge's outstretched arms and winning a jump ball against Jamal Crawford with four seconds left. However, his fairytale ending did not have an impressive beginning. Besides a no-look pass and a couple of lobs, Paul was too indecisive and telegraphed a lot of his passes.
Mo Williams and Caron Butler each had their best game as a Clipper this season, but Jordan stole the show with his stellar post defense on Blazers' star big man LaMarcus Aldridge. Using his length, timing and athleticism, Jordan was able to contest Aldridge's flurry of turnaround jumpshots, control the paint and dominate the boards in his first double-digit rebounding performance.
The Clippers came into the game averaging a league-best 11 turnovers per game, but Sunday was a complete disaster (21 total). Offensive fouls, illogical entry passes and bone-headed moves were at the forefront of their ineptness. The Blazers' size and athleticism on the perimeter bothered the Clippers on multiple occasions and was likely the cause of L.A.'s struggles in the half-court.
The Blazers struggled in their first road game of the season and needed a catastrophic fourth-quarter collapse by the Clippers to get back into the game. The league's fourth-best offensive and defensive team did not look the part, although their efficient rebounding numbers and perimeter defense kept them in the game all night long.