Where to start? This one had it all. The Los Angeles Clippers’ breathless 121-120 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns was the most fun game of the year, at least if the look on Clippers owner Steve Ballmer's face afterwards is any indication.
It included an outstanding performance from Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, a former Clipper who worked closely with Chris Paul and looked like he had revenge on his mind, as he tallied his first career triple double with 27 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, making several key plays down the stretch, including an emphatic block of Paul’s potential game-winning shot at the buzzer to send the game to an extra session.
There was this, too, from Clippers reserve Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who said it all with his face:
Blake Griffin was not about to be outdone by Davis’ gesturing or Bledsoe’s excellence, though. He led all scorers with 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting and deftly baited Suns forward P.J. Tucker (with whom Griffin has a history) into poor decisions in overtime. He also sealed the win with this incredible, unlikely buzzer beater:
The shot of the year, for the game of the year.
Clippers-Suns also proved to be yet another testament to how great the Western Conference is this year. Watching the two teams upstage each other with great offensive movement and execution, over and over again, was dizzying, and it seemed almost unfair that either team could lose the game after such incredible performances.
And Bledsoe showing up Chris Paul was the stuff of instant NBA classics. It was the consummate Padawan-meets-Jedi showdown, and now we know not to miss another instant of any of their future standoffs. A seven-game series between these teams might be too fun to survive — keep your fingers crossed.
— John Wilmes