Updated: March 29, 2012, 1:24 AM ET
Blake Griffin 13-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 14 REB | 5 AST | 27 PTS | +11
GRADEA-

What Blake Griffin lacks in conventional post moves, he makes up for in brute strength. Griffin scored right through defenders on multiple occasions and exploited his physical advantages over a rail-thin Channing Frye. When Griffin prepared for takeoff in the fourth quarter, Frye wanted no part of it and ducked out of the way. Add Frye to Griffin's list of victims.

Chris Paul 6-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 15 AST | 15 PTS | +9
GRADEA-

Chris Paul probably doesn't get enough credit as a great defensive point guard in the hand-check era. By stifling Steve Nash and getting his hands on plenty of passes, Paul helped set the tone in what was an improved defensive effort. When playoff time rolls around, keep in mind that Paul is capable of making a huge impact with more than his offensive play.

DeAndre Jordan 3-5 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +2
GRADEB

Very rarely do you sit down and watch a basketball game and see something you'll never see again. You'd figure DeAndre Jordan would provide that with an insanely athletic play, but instead it was his … free-throw shooting? Jordan is a career 43 percent free-throw shooter, but he calmly went to the line and knocked in 7-of-8. Have we seen the last of the Hack-A-Jordan?

Defending Nash
GRADEA

Containing a brilliant ballhandler like Steve Nash isn't easy, but the Clippers' defense attacked Nash on every pick-and-roll, turning him into solely a distributor. Give Jordan credit for showing hard on screens and blocking out any view of the rim for Nash. The Clippers feature one of the most athletic frontcourts in the league, and Wednesday night they finally showed it on both ends.

Phoenix Suns
GRADEB-

The Suns were unlucky to catch the Clippers on their revenge path, as it seems L.A. has elevated its play against inferior opponents who have already caught the team once. Although the Suns did a good job holding down the Clippers' offense most of the game, a big run at the end of the third quarter essentially put the game on ice.

Grades by D.J. Foster

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