Mo Williams started it off by canning his second three-pointer of the game off a feed from Chris Paul.
Running in transition on the very next possession, Paul whipped a cross-court pass to an open Chauncey Billups, who saw a defender running at him and passed to an even more wide-open Caron Butler in the right corner for another triple.
Was there any hesitation?
“Come on man, of course not,” Billups said.
Four 3-pointers in four possessions -- each assisted baskets, almost every move improvised and in the flow of the game -- stretching the lead from six to eighteen in 51 seconds.
“That might have been the greatest exchange I've been a part of since I've been in the NBA,” Paul said.
The Clippers had gone with a small lineup to end the first half, putting three points guards on the floor with the sharp-shooting Butler playing power forward and defensive specialist Reggie Evans playing center.
When they were running in transition, there was nobody on the court to look to for a fancy lob or easy layup. The five Clippers on the court, 46 years of experience between them, were more patient and looked for open jumpers -- a little less crowd-pleasing, but nobody was complaining when they hit four of them in a row.
“We created a lot of those with our defense, which was great,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “What I was most pleased about was we were unselfish in our approach with that. Some guys had some shots but other guys had better shots and we made the right play.”
“It's like, who do you run to? Pick your poison,” Billups added. “Everybody here is unselfish. It's like, alright, if they take me, you shoot it. You're going to make it too. It feels good to play like that.”
Blake Griffin would later steal some thunder (no pun intended) with his poster dunk on Kendrick Perkins. Before that, there was arguably no more electric moment than the second Billups’ capper on the 12-point run fell through the bottom of the net.
“It's good when you've got a fanbase like we have,” Billups said. “It's good to let them get their money's worth.”