Griffin had his worst ball handling game of the season, playing with tunnel vision, turning the ball over and misreading double teams. Besides newcomer Reggie Evans, Griffin was the only Clipper who actually rebounded. Aesthetically he was brilliant, connecting on a lob from Chris Paul and baptizing Ersan Ilyasova with an in-your-face windmill jam.
Regardless of what his assist total says, Paul had one of his best passing games as a Clipper. However, he lacked his normal second-half aggression, barely got to the charity stripe and had too many turnovers due to indecision. Despite a flurry of Brandon Jennings jumpers in the fourth quarter, his defensive performance was impressive.
This is the type of game the Clippers hoped Butler would consistently have when they signed him. His ability to score off the ball was on full display. He rarely forced shots, didn't over-dribble, played hard-nosed defense and attacked the basket frequently. Heck, he even had his second-best rebounding performance of the season.
The Clippers came out on a tear -- they stopped turning the ball over, cranked up the pace, started rotating defensively and attacked the rim. Taking the Bucks out of their comfort zone (half-court, slow, scrappy basketball) was a true game-changer. If not for a few defensive lapses and losing the rebounding battle, they'd have had a perfect half.
The Bucks were at a disadvantage from the get go, as their best player and defensive anchor, Andrew Bogut, missed his third straight game. Nonetheless, they played suffocating post defense, forced the Clippers into a numerous turnovers, controlled the boards and packed the paint. If they could score at a reasonable rate, they'd have won this game.