Griffin made a sweeping drive while being fouled, and
Griffin connected on a step-back three-pointer as time expired, and his teammates mobbed him on the court.
Griffin's approval rating may have never been higher than it was Monday night, his superb play serving as the ultimate rebuttal to the
Griffin took an inbounds pass from
"Right when I shot it, I thought it was flat, short, off, everything," said Griffin, who scored a season-high 45 points. "I got a lucky bounce. When it went in, I just took off running."
Said Clippers Coach
The Clippers had trailed by four points with only 43.6 seconds in the extra period after Phoenix's
But the Suns'
"I thought it was an airball when he shot it," Redick said of Griffin's game-winner. "It hit the rim and I was like, that's going to roll in. I mean, I was shocked that ball had enough juice to go in."
Griffin finished made 14 of 24 shots and grabbed eight rebounds, helping the Clippers recover from the bizarre ejection of
Crawford's first ejection in 976 career
Rivers stomped onto the court and received a technical for arguing about the quick ejection of Crawford, who had not received a previous technical.
Rivers said Crawford received the technical for uttering an expletive, and apologized to teammates when they entered the locker room after the game.
"He deserved one tech for sure," Rivers said. "I don't know if you get thrown out for that."
Said Griffin: "That was the craziest ejection I've ever seen. I heard guys say worse things tonight and not even get a tech."
The Clippers had a chance to win at the end of regulation when
Griffin had Julius Erving, the famed Dr. J, clapping from his courtside seat in the third quarter after taking bounce pass from Barnes and driving past Morris and
Griffin thrilled fans again in the fourth quarter with his sweeping drive that resulted in a three-point play, part of Griffin's 10 points during a wildly vacillating quarter in which the Clippers trailed by as many as five points.
"This was gratifying," Rivers said of the victory, "because we were beat. We were tired, we were frustrated and we hung in there just enough to win."
Bledsoe provided continual reminders of why some Clippers fans continue to grouse about his departure, compiling a triple-double with 27 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.
Ultimately, Griffin rendered it meaningless with a performance that left him the aggressor even after he beat the buzzer and the Suns.
"The funny thing is usually when people hit those shots you tackle them," Paul said. "I tried and I actually had to tell him to let me go."