Maybe he's human after all. Griffin looked exhausted playing big minutes in his third game in three nights, and it didn't help that Dallas rotated fresh defenders on him at every turn. Griffin simply didn't have his legs under him, and it showed with his poor performance at the free throw line and on the defensive glass.
Some things never change. The Clippers are notorious for underestimating recovery time from injuries -- Eric Gordon was day-to-day for about three weeks last year -- but protecting Paul from a re-aggravation of his hamstring injury was the right call. Mo Williams is no Chris Paul, but his hot shooting carried an otherwise stagnant Clippers offense.
Williams buoyed the Clippers offense through all four quarters, coming off the bench to torch the Mavericks with tough pull-up jumpers. Williams was the lone Clipper able to create for himself, bailing the offense out of some tough possessions. For a banged-up team, Williams was just what the doctor ordered.
Chauncey Billups practically gave the game away after dropping a ball out of bounds, leading to what looked like a game-winning 3-pointer for Jason Terry off a defensive mishap. Mr. Big Shot lived up to his nickname and redeemed himself right away, though, nailing a 3-pointer to give the Clippers the dramatic win.
We're accustomed to these types of late-game heroics from the Mavericks, but tonight it was the Clippers who pulled it out in the clutch. Although Dallas could have played better, beating the defending champions without Chris Paul should serve as a huge confidence boost going forward for L.A.