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                   === Crawford, Clippers take down Suns ===
 Los  Angeles, CA (Sports  Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 13 of his 21 points
 in  the fourth  quarter to  help lift  the Los  Angeles Clippers  to a  117-99
 decision over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday at Staples Center.
 Crawford  led  a Clippers bench  that scored all 32  points for Los Angeles in
 the  fourth quarter,  while Blake  Griffin totaled  24 points,  eight rebounds
 and a career-best  four steals in the team's fifth straight win.
 Chris Paul put forth a double-double, tallying 16 points and 11 assists in the
 "Our  bench is  very unique,  when  they come  in  its like  another group  of
 starters," said Paul. "We have to just come out and work on being better."
 Michael  Beasley scored a  team-high 21 points off the bench for the Suns, who
 dropped their sixth straight game and fifth in a row on the road.
 "They  made a run in the fourth quarter and we need to take care of the ball,"
 said  Suns coach  Alvin Gentry. "We have  to execute better, they have a well-
 balanced team. Chris Paul has made a world of difference for them."
 Shannon  Brown scored 19 and Luis Scola followed with 18 points and 10 boards.
 Goran  Dragic,  who entered the game  leading the Suns in scoring, didn't make
 his  first field goal until late in the fourth quarter. He finished with eight
 points and five assists for the game.
 The  Suns maintained  a 31-28 advantage going into the second quarter and held
 the lead until a pair of free throws by DeAndre Jordan put the Clippers on top
 45-44 with 4:59 left in the quarter.
 Beasley,  who scored 13  in the stanza, brought the Suns even with a 3-pointer
 shortly after, but a 10-3 Clippers surge put Los Angeles ahead by seven before
 closing out the half with a 63-57 edge.
 After  Paul got  in the  lane for  a  layup, Brown  buried a  triple and  then
 connected  on a  fadeaway  jumper before  back-to-back  3-pointers from  Jared
 Dudley and Markieff Morris closed the gap to one with 4:09 left in the third.
 The  Suns took a 77-76 lead following a pair of free throws from Morris, but a
 Crawford  jumper and a  Caron Butler triple put the Clippers back in front for
 good and they carried an 85-83 advantage into the final period.
 Los  Angeles  began to run  away with it from  there, building a 15-point lead
 quickly  thanks  to 17-4  run to  start the period.  Crawford scored 11 points
 during  the stretch, as his running layup to cap the surge gave the Clippers a
 comfortable 102-87 lead.
 The margin swelled to as many as 18 before the final buzzer.
                                   Game Notes
 Los  Angeles outscored  Phoenix 32-16  in the  final period  ... The  Clippers
 doubled  the Suns'  points in the paint, outscoring them 64-32 ... Phoenix had
 come  in  to the contest  winners in  six of the  last eight matchups with the
 Clippers ... The Suns' Jermaine O'Neal was ejected in the fourth quarter after
 picking up two technical fouls.
 12/08 18:44:33 ET

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