1. "Born Ready" lived up to his nickname
2. The starters carried their weight for a change
There were pluses across the board after the starters had been in the minus department across the board over the previous four games.
3. The Clippers nearly ran out of backup point guards
He scored 20 points on eight-of-14 shooting, the latest strong showing for the super sub that has given the Clippers a bigger lift recently. It was Crawford's third consecutive game with at least 20 points and the fourth time in five games he has reached that threshold. Crawford said he was spurred by a conversation with Doc Rivers in which the coach told him to be more aggressive. "For me, that takes no thinking," Crawford said. "I just go."
5. Now comes one of the toughest games on the Clippers' trip
The Clippers pulled something of a shocker when they beat Miami at home last month without Blake Griffin and Jordan. They've got Jordan back now but the Heat has been one of the best teams in the East over the last two weeks, winning six of its last seven games. The Clippers will then go on to play Philadelphia, which has played much better than its 7-43 record in recent weeks, before closing their trip against surging Boston, which has won eight of its last nine, including a 104-103 victory over East-leading Cleveland.