LOS ANGELES -- With four minutes to go in the third quarter Wednesday night, Blake Griffin decided to change the game.
The Clippers, who opened up a 16-point lead in the first quarter, had coughed it up, briefly trailing before going back up two.
Still, momentum was nowhere to be found.
Then, Griffin did to Kris Humphries what he's done to Timofey Mozgov, Pau Gasol and Kendrick Perkins.
Griffin gathered and rose to the sky, throwing home a monster slam over the Boston big man, earning the three-point play and fueling the Clippers on their way to a 111-105 victory.
Griffin finished with 29 points, six rebounds and eight assists, leading five Clippers' starters in double figures. It was Griffin's sixth trip north of 27 points this season.
Jamal Crawford struggled through a rough shooting night (8 of 26) to score 26 points, Jared Dudley drilled four three-pointers on his way to 18, Darren Collison scored 15 and DeAndre Jordan added 11. Jordan also grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Clippers' needed the starters to have big nights on the offensive end because everyone on the bench struggled. Matt Barnes, Willie Green and Antawn Jamison combined to score only 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
The Clippers opened red hot, using a 16-0 run to skate to a big lead. However, Boston chipped away over the next two quarters, as the Clippers' defense allowed Jordan Crawford (24 points) and Avery Bradley (24 points) to get going, despite playing in the second night of a back-to-back.
The Clippers went up by 16 again in the fourth quarter before blowing another lead with spotty late-game execution.
Despite turnovers and missed free throws in the final minute, the Clippers were able to hold on for their second win in a row.
Before the Clippers took on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, Coach Doc Rivers wanted his team to look inward.
The Celtics wouldn't get a special approach, not with Clippers Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock unavailable.
"We approach our team, and that's how you have to look at it," Rivers said. "With what we have going on with our injuries, we can't afford to look at anything different than fixing our team every night. And when we do the things right, we have a chance to win."
Redick, it turns out, could be back soon to help the Clippers on their current four-game homestand.
"I think J.J. has a very good chance of playing Friday," Rivers said.
Redick participated in Wednesday's shootaround and has ramped up his workload in recent days, shooting with a brace on his injured right wrist. Redick has missed the last 21 games after breaking a bone in his right hand and tearing a ligament in that wrist.
Rivers said he will start Redick only if the shooting guard is able to handle a full workload.
"I have no idea yet. I haven't given it any thought. I'll think about it more (Thursday) if he's going to play," Rivers said. "We'll probably start him if he's ready for those types of minutes. I don't think he would be."
Injuries, at least for the near future, will define the Clippers' course of action.
Before the game, the Clippers signed Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract. They had waived Wayns on Sunday. Wayns, who had an offer to play in Turkey, decided to stay and rejoin the Clippers.
He joins a point guard rotation with Darren Collison and Darius Morris, who signed a 10-day deal Monday.
Rivers said the team had always considered bringing Wayns back, but watching Collison take a scary spill Monday cemented the decision.
"We had already thought about bringing back Maalik, but that probably crystallized it for me," Rivers said. "I just think while Chris is out, it's good to have three guards at that position."
Rivers also said the team will bring in veteran Hedo Turkoglu for a workout.
Rivers coached against the Celtics for the second time since leading the team for nine years. And while the trip back to Boston was filled with emotion and tears, this time wasn't nearly as difficult. "You still get to see guys that you spent nine years with," he said. "That's always nice, for sure."
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