It wasn't as jaw-dropping as his Kendrick Perkins dunk, but Griffin's dunk over three Nuggets defenders was nearly as impressive. Before Chris Paul took over, Griffin was the focal point of the offense and managed to finagle his way to the rim despite facing double- and triple-teams. Most importantly, Griffin's elite passing skills seemed to return, if only for one night.
Once again, Paul showed that with the game on the line, there's no other player you'd rather have with the ball. After going scoreless in the first quarter, Paul pulled off the impressive feat of having a double-digit scoring output in each of the last three quarters. There's no doubt this particular team is at its best when Paul is in aggressive, attack mode.
Whenever Jordan was off the floor, the Clippers looked puny inside and were outrebounded and dominated by the Nuggets' tough frontline. Whenever he was on the floor, though, he grabbed every rebound within sight, deterred the Nuggets from attacking the rim and even finished a few plays around the rim. His numbers don't always show it, but Jordan is the key to L.A.'s defense.
The Clippers' supporting cast did not show up tonight offensively. Besides Griffin and Paul, everyone else was nonexistent. Randy Foye and Jordan barely reached double figures, while the bench had arguably its worst performance of the season. Mo Williams could not make a shot, yet that did not prevent him from shooting almost every time he touched the ball.
Despite missing their three best players and two key bench contributors, the Nuggets controlled the tempo and led for most of the game. Additionally, the Nuggets now know that Jordan Hamilton is clearly capable of playing significant minutes. Wednesday's performance confirmed Denver's depth and potential as a Western Conference darkhorse in the second half of the season.