Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 12/4/12
Nba-thunder-clippers-mar
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Paul, Griffin come alive in final act/quarter A good piece of music rises and falls like a good story. It climaxes at the end and builds and builds. Excuse the cliche, but it fits what happend when the Clippers won at EnergySolutions Arena, erasing a 10-point deficit entering the final quarter. Chris Paul came alive with 14 points and nine assists in the game, doing must of the action in the fourth quarter. That included the game-winning basket. Utah remains a difficult place to play and so any win a team like Los Angeles can get there is still a pretty significant one. The thing was that Blake Griffin busted out to get this win. Griffin scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. More impressively, as Griffin expands his game expands, Griffin shot 11 for 20 from the floor.  Certainly the Clippers showed a lot of grit on the road in trailing most of the way and fighting forward for the win. That showed a lot of maturity from this young team. 2: LMA turns Portland's road trip around The Trail Blazers had a rough start to their road trip East. Losses to Washington, Boston and Detroit opened the trip up and it looked like Portland was falling off the pace and headed back to the bottom of the standings like last year. That was a disappointing place for a franchise that was used to Playoff success for so long. The Trail Blazers were not coming home empty handed though. Nicolas Batum went wild in an overtime win over the Cavaliers to stop the bleeding. LaMarcus Aldridge did the same in overtime to defeat Charlotte and bring some measure of success to this road trip. That is what the Trail Blazers needed. Sure, Aldridge was somewhat embarrassed on a dunk from Byron Mullens. Aldridge said though where early in his career he would have let that affect him, he was much happier with his 25 -point, 13-rebound, five-asssist outing and the 118-112 win. The Trail Blazers remain an intriguing team with a lot of talent but maybe not the experience to do much with it. Aldridge's maturity though continues to be a big part of this team's overall growth. The hand-wringing about how much patience he will have continues to be an issue. For one game, he delivered on every promise. 3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!! Andre "point guard" Drummond More Larry Sanders Magic steal and buzzer beater 4: Line of the Night: Ben Gordon -- 29 points, 8/12 3FGs Yes, the Bobcats lost but Ben Gordon was superb once again, particularly from beyond the arc. Gordon has made a career making crazy 3-pointers and going on runs where he simply cannot miss. He had another one of those nights for the Bobcats. That helped keep the game in overtime. Alas, you cannot rely on 3-pointers entirely. That can only spell doom as the Bobcats lost. 5:  You can quote me on that Letting teams know it's going to be tough to get a win at the Palace. That's the type of mentality we want to have, but we also want to take that mentality on the road as far as playing defense and making it tough on whoever we're playing. -Pistons guard Brandon Knight on the Pistons five-game home winning streak This is the first trip I feel we're ready to go. We're ready. Actually, I am excited by this trip. -Nuggets coach George Karl [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $86.7M contract

Report: Former Jets exec leaked false Deflategate info to ESPN

Belichick on sticking it to NFL: 'Really not very important to me'

Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

Urban Meyer hints JT Barrett leads Ohio State starting QB competition

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Boras: Marlins players are angry Marcell Ozuna is in minors

Report: Chancellor officially holding out of training camp

Cardinals' Jen Welter is 'tired of hearing about Tom Brady's balls'

Sandoval downplays talk about weight, conditioning, defense

Astros acquire Carlos Gomez from Brewers

Richardson charged for resisting arrest after high-speed chase

Famed ballboy Red Lightning spotted at Falcons camp

Rickie Fowler aces final hole, treats media to free beers

SEC remains college football's best conference

The Rock 'pretty disappointed,' but defends Hulk Hogan

Urban Meyer will make us wait on OSU's starting QB decision

Compelling camp competitions: #5 Bradford vs. Sanchez

Five most overrated NFL players heading into 2015 season

Giants acquire Mike Leake from Reds for two prospects

Twins closer's wife pens essay about Twitter hate he's enduring

Kings set to make Lieberman NBA’s second female coach

Is Julius Randle a star?

Projecting the prospects in the David Price trade

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker