Updated: February 17, 2012, 2:58 AM ET
Blake Griffin 9-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 14 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +3
GRADEA-

Blake Griffin wasn't the primary option against the Blazers -- he was the only option. Griffin's scoring and dirty work around the rim kept the Clippers afloat in a game they had no business of being in considering how muddled their offense looked. Griffin's getting back to punishing teams inside, and the consistency in his numbers has followed.

Chris Paul 5-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +4
GRADEB-

It's hard to explain how bad Chris Paul's first three quarters were. He was scoreless, had more turnovers than assists, and clearly wasn't himself. However, once the Clippers pulled back within striking distance, the switch flipped. In the final period Paul lit Portland up for all 13 of his points, including a dagger pull-up jumper that essentially iced the game.

DeAndre Jordan 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | 0
GRADEA-

The stats don't tell the full story. The Clippers looked dead in the water in the third period, but DeAndre Jordan took over the game defensively in a way few players can by blocking or altering every shot attempt. Jordan almost single-handedly shut down the Blazers' offense in the second half. Paul may have won the game, but Jordan saved it first.

Comeback Kids
GRADEA

Give the Clippers credit. Where most teams on the road would have folded up after the way they shot the ball in the first three periods, the Clippers decided to work harder on the defensive end to scrape back in the game. This game was definitely ugly, but it was nice to see the Clippers win with defense for a change.

Portland Trail Blazers
GRADEC+

In the battle of Rip City and Lob City, the Clippers were ripped more than they lobbed. The Blazers defense was formidable, but offensively they had nowhere to go without the services of their usual safety valve, LaMarcus Aldridge. Up by 18 at one point, Portland should have finished Paul and the Clippers while it had the chance.

Grades by D.J. Foster

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