Updated: April 8, 2012, 1:58 AM ET
Blake Griffin 12-15 FG | 3-9 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 27 PTS | +23

It might get lost in his gargantuan stat line, but Blake Griffin's passing against the Kings' zone defense was every bit as impressive as his monster dunks. Whether he was finding open cutters or finishing lobs up near the ceiling, the Clippers wisely ran their offense through Griffin all night. After hearing about how much of an "actor" he is all week, Griffin showed why he's the real deal.

Chris Paul 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 15 AST | 19 PTS | +11

The league's best point guard against the 2011 NBA draft's Mr. Irrelevent is a huge mismatch, and Chris Paul exploited it in the long run. Although he had problems scoring directly over the top of Isaiah Thomas in the first half, Paul's quickness in the passing lanes defensively and his ability to consistently find the open man paced the Clippers until his jumper returned to him late.

Randy Foye 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 25 PTS | +20

It looks like Randy Foye is finally finding his role in the league as a pure spot-up shooter. When the Kings loaded up on the strong side against Paul, Foye did a good job of moving into the gaps of the defense and showing no hesitation to fire up open looks. At this point, it's going to be tough to give Mo Williams all of his minutes back when he returns from his injury.


Cousins did his fair share of jostling under the rim, which led to Griffin earning a technical foul after it appeared Cousins tripped him on the way up court. There were bumps and bruises the whole way, but this is a healthy rivalry that's brewing. Antics aside, Cousins' tough play actually brought the best out of Griffin.

Sacramento Kings

It won't be long before the "Griffin or Love?" debate eventually becomes, "Griffin, Love or Cousins?" The Kings don't have a lot of peripheral talent, but in Cousins they have a building block with the size and skill set to dominate for years to come. For right now, the Kings can only go as far as their big man takes them.

Grades by D.J. Foster