LOS ANGELES – Darren Collison may have thought about how he could save Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals back in July.

The Clippers’ reserve guard, who scored 18 points off the bench including a dozen in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon’s dramatic 101-99 comeback victory, texted Blake Griffin last summer when Collison was a free agent.

He said he wanted to be a Clipper at all cost, even if that meant making sacrifices financially as well as on the court.