Los Angeles Clippers (53-22) at Phoenix Suns (44-30), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers have won three straight and
will close out a road trip Wednesday night when they visit US Airways Center
to take on the Phoenix Suns.
LA has already clinched a playoff spot and is 2 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma
City Thunder for the second seed in the Western Conference.
On Monday, the Clippers bested the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-104.
Without Blake Griffin, whose streak of consecutive games played was broken at
105 thanks to a back issue, and Jamal Crawford, who sat with a sore left
Achilles tendon, the Clippers completed the second best month in franchise
history. Los Angeles went 13-2 in March and the only better month in team
history was the 16-0 month of December last season.
DeAndre Jordan pulled down 24 rebounds to go along with 11 points and the
Clippers defeated the Timberwolves. Darren Collison had 28 points and seven
assists, while Chris Paul added 22 points, nine helpers and three steals for
"It's funny," Paul said, "before we ran out on the court tonight I was over
there in the huddle I said, 'Fellas let's be who we are. We got who we got.
Keep the train moving.'"
Matt Barnes (19) and Jared Dudley (16) also scored in double figures. The
Clippers are 17-0 this season when all five starters crack the 10-point
The Clippers will play five in a row at home before finishing the season in
Portland against the Trail Blazers.
The Suns had a six-game winning streak halted on Sunday with a 115-99 loss to
the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
Gerald Green scored 22 points off the bench and Markieff Morris provided 16
points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix. Goran Dragic added 17, followed by 15 from
Marcus Morris and 10 out of Eric Bledsoe.
"We didn't have the energy that we usually have. Tonight we weren't focused
in," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said.
The Lakers shot 53 percent from the field and the Suns were held under 39
The Suns are tied for seventh with the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western
Conference, just a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks. The two squads are
two games behind the Golden State Warriors, who reside in sixth.
The Clippers have won two of three meetings this season with Phoenix,
including one in the desert. The Suns have taken 11 of the last 13 matchups as
the host in this series.
04/02 10:23:35 ET
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