NBA: Suns battle Clippers in Pacific Division bout
The Los Angeles Clippers (41-20) visit the Phoenix Suns (35-24) on Tuesday in a Pacific-division battle.
The Suns come in on a two-game winning streak after defeating Atlanta 129-120 on Sunday. A league-high 79 points were scored in the first half for Phoenix behind the tandem of Gerald Green and Goran Dragic. Green finished with 33 points, his third 30+ point performance of the season, while Dragic added 19 points and 8 assists.
The Clips have been en fuego as of late, winning their previous four games (averaging 114 points per game in that stretch). Danny Granger will make his Clippers debut tonight after signing with the club late last week. Granger will definitely bolster Los Angeles’ bench, especially if Jamal Crawford (calf) is out for an extended period of time. Crawford is currently listed as day-to-day, but is not expected to play against Phoenix.
The Suns were 15/24 on three-point shots the other night and will look to continue their high-scoring affairs tonight, which they should have much problem doing. Tonight should be a very high scoring game as “Lob City” is second in the league in points per game (107.2) and the Suns behind them at fifth in the NBA (105.3).
Last time the teams met in December, the Suns defeated the Clippers in Los Angeles 107-88. Phoenix shot 48%in the game and made 12 three-pointers, while holding LA to just 36% shooting. The Suns forced 20 turnovers, including 17 steals (a career-high five steals for Dragic), which resulted in 20 points.
This game very well could come down to bench scoring, with both teams having terrific scorers up and down their rosters. The Suns are fifth in the NBA in bench scoring (37.9 points per game) and are 17-6 at home this season when their bench outscores the opponents bench.
The Suns and Clippers tip-off tonight at 7:00 p.m. MT at US Airways Center.
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