March 30, 2017
Blake Griffin led the way with 31 points and Chris Paul poured in 29 to go along with 10 assists, as the Clippers beat the Suns 124-118 on Thursday night in the desert.
The win was the 2nd in a row for the Clippers, who pulled within 1 game of the 4th place Utah Jazz in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Suns lost their 10th straight game.
Phoenix was led by Devin Booker’s 33 points and season-high 9 assists. However, the 2nd year guard fouled out with just under five minutes to play in the game.
The Clippers took a 67-59 lead into halftime after wrestling the game away from the Suns in the last 6 minutes of the 2nd quarter. They closed the half on a 13-4 run, capped by a 23-foot jumper from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
The Suns would fight back in the 3rd quarter, and finished the period on a 9-0 run over the last 2:25. TJ Warren’s put-back after an Alan Williams miss cut the Clippers’ lead to 93-92 heading into the 4th quarter.
Phoenix tied the score 102-102 after Booker’s layup with 7:50 left in the game. However, they could never take the lead after that. Griffin countered with a made basket and got fouled moments later, converting a 3-point play. Chris Paul made a 10-footer, followed by 2 more free throws, and suddenly the Clippers regained control with a 7-0 run. The Suns shaved the lead to 114-112 after Booker fouled out, but the Clips would hold them off again.
The Clippers will return home and continue to battle for playoff positioning. Up next will be another meeting with the Lakers, which will be Saturday afternoon at Staples, in which the Clippers will be the designated home team.