PHOENIX -- Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are known for their offense. But it was a stifling defense late Sunday night that made the difference against the Phoenix Suns.
Blake Griffin and Paul scored 23 points each and the Clippers used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Suns 120-100 for their fourth straight win.
Los Angeles held Phoenix to one field goal over the final 7:58.
"Everyone knows our offense is good," Paul said. "It's really good. When we get stops, we're a tough team to beat."
J.J. Redick scored 20 and DeAndre Jordan added 18 for the Clippers, who are 3-0 against the Suns this season. Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 against Phoenix.
We're really a team," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We've done it (win) so many ways. That's who we are."
Jordan also blocked four shots.
"The stats say he had four but that can't be right," said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. "It seemed like he had 14. He's a big influence down there and, again, we've got to be aware of where he's at."
The Suns had whittled a one-time 13-point lead down to 96-94 with 7:30 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green.
Then came the Clippers' game-clinching run. Redick hit a 3-pointer, Paul scored five straight points, Griffin added a 20-footer and Jordan made 7 of 12 free throws down the stretch as Los Angeles scored 15 unanswered points.
"They played better," Hornacek said. "Chris Paul made plays. We rushed a couple at that time, had a turnover. You cut it to four, you've got a little bit of a chance. But you've got to be solid and we weren't."
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and Eric Bledsoe added 17 for the Suns, who have lost two straight after winning seven in a row at home.
"We made a comeback," Thomas said. "We were in the game and then we made some key mistakes. You can't have little things like that happen against a good team like this. We kept having little mistakes and they capitalized on every little mistake we need."
Marcus Morris gave the Suns a 64-63 lead on a layup with 7:47 to go in the third quarter. But the Clippers, led by a 20-foot step-back jumper from Griffin and five points from Paul, outscored Phoenix 11-1 over the next two minutes to open a 74-65 lead.
Spencer Hawes gave the Clippers their biggest lead to that point, 85-72, with 1:52 left in the third with consecutive 3-pointers.
Blake Griffin, Chris Paul combine for 46 in Clips' blowout of Suns
No replies to this topic
Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:00 AM