LOS ANGELES – When he referred to the Clippers second unit in his postgame press conference All-Star Blake Griffin used air quotes.

Griffin was talking about the team’s defensive effort that tilted a three-point game to 20 in about a 7-minute span in the fourth quarter. “I think we got [nine] stops in a row,” said Griffin, who had a game-high 16 points in 30 minutes. “And that was with our ‘second team.’”