Disregarding his quiet second half offensively, Griffin had an impressive defensive outing. He gives up at least three inches to Andrew Bynum, but that didn't stop him from rotating over and playing him physically with DeAndre Jordan on the bench. In an encouraging trend, Griffin played inside, attacking the rim and not relying on his jumper as much. He also has a unique relationship with gravity.
Paul followed up his best game of the season with and even better game. The passivity and indecision that plagued him in his first few games is gone. He matched Kobe Bryant almost point for point and dazzled himself into open looks through nonexistent seams. The only concern for L.A. is that he strained his left hamstring late in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the contest.
In assessing Jordan's defensive value to this team, look no further than the Lakers' run in the first quarter. The second he went out because of foul trouble, the Lakers went inside and got layup after layup. When Jordan was on the floor, he played great post defense, contested shots and was active on the boards. However, the Clippers cannot afford him to commit unnecessary fouls.
As Kevin Arnovitz has noted, the Clippers lack a "spidery" wing defender. It was evident in the third quarter, when Kobe Bryant matched the Clippers' offensive output by himself. Though most of his points came off contested jumpers, the Clippers had no way of containing him. Furthermore, their offense was stagnant and hesitant, and they didn't passing inside to Griffin.
The Lakers were playing their fourth game in five nights, likely the cause behind the best rebounding team in the NBA getting out-rebounded by the league's worst. Besides Kobe, who continued his scoring streak in another impressive scoring game, the rest of the team struggled offensively. On the defensive end, they had no answer for Paul or Griffin -- just ask rookie Darius Morris.