LOS ANGELES -- After a disappointing loss in San Antonio on Saturday, Blake Griffin said the biggest mistake the Los Angeles Clippers could make would be to try to replace Chris Paul.
Sure, the team's star and leader would be out for six weeks, but the key, Griffin said, would be for guys to be themselves -- but just a little better.
Monday night in a101-81 victory over Orlando at Staples Center, it was DeAndre Jordan and Darren Collison doing what they do at an incredibly high rate.
"You couldn't ask for a better game from a lot of guys ...," Griffin said. "We did all the things we wanted to."
Jordan finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks, but he didn't just fill the stat sheet.
Jordan also added a victim to his highlight reel, dunking over Glen Davis in violent fashion.
"It was alright," Griffin deadpanned. "I told him the other guy didn't jump that high."
Jordan's contributions, though, were no joke.
After the game, coach Doc Rivers compared the performance to one of Bill Russell's.
"D.J. looked like that guy from Boston again," Rivers said.
Collison, on the other hand, looked like himself.
Collison, filling in for Paul, made his first eight shots while dishing out seven assists.
Behind Collison's speedy pace, the Clippers led, 36-18, after the first quarter and went up by 35 points, avenging a disappointing loss at Orlando earlier this season.
"I'm just going to play my game," he said. "I can't be Chris Paul. Chris is a great player in this league because he's himself."
The Magic never got much going offensively, scoring only 34 points in the first half.
Aaron Afflalo was the only Magic starter in double figures, scoring 12 points.
Collison led the Clippers with 21 points.
Griffin fought through a bad shooting night to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
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