It's clear that Chris Paul is interested in being in the MVP race, with his 29 point, 11 assist performance that led to the L.A. Clippers' 101-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Both teams were physical in the paint, and while they totaled 196 points, scoring wasn't coming all that easy for guys not named Chris Paul for the Clippers.
The Nets were led by 18 points from both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, and 15 apiece from Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson.
Neither team played particularly poorly, with the Clippers shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and the Nets shooting 45.9 percent. But the difference was the points in the paint disparity, with the Clippers scoring 12 more points in the paint than Brooklyn.
Shockingly enough, both teams were 18-of-24 from the free throw line, and the Nets were 9-of-25 from three-point land, as compared to the Clippers who were 9-of-26.
The Clippers just wanted this one a bit more, or at least Chris Paul wanted it more. And he got it.