His double-double streak ended at eight games and he wasted his season high in free throw attempts by making less than half of them. Nonetheless, Griffin put up his usual stat line and capitalized on the Raptors' inability to contain him. It wasn't his best performance, but it was encouraging to see him relentlessly attack the rim.
The Clippers desperately need Paul back. In his absence, they've been fortunate enough to have the perfect combination of rest days and home games. Next week's schedule (and beyond) isn't as promising. Chauncey Billups did a nice job of filling in, though, racking up a double-digit assist total and replicating some of Paul's magic.
Jordan took advantage of the Raptors' inferior frontcourt, almost recording a double-double in the first quarter (one rebound shy). He planted himself in the paint, controlled the boards and was on the receiving end of a few trademark lobs. Most impressively, he continued his inspiring trend of staying out of foul trouble while remaining a defensive presence.
The Clippers are usually at the top of their game or, in rare instances (Spurs, Bulls, Jazz), struggling to stay competitive. Today served as the perfect microcosm, as for most of the game L.A. enjoyed a comfortable lead, only to allow sloppy basketball in the second and fourth quarters to keep the Raptors close.
Toronto struggles competitively with Andrea Bargnani in the lineup, so it wasn't surprising the Raptors struggled mightily at times without him. They had stretches of offensive semblance, but their sets tended to end up with too much one-on-one action. Their defensive progression was noteworthy, though they spent the game gazing at gliding Lob City skyscrapers.