NBA: Suns can’t manage comeback, fall to Clippers
The Phoenix Suns (36-27) have now not only dropped their past two games, but have dropped out of a playoff spot after losing to the Clippers (45-20) 112-105.
At one point, the Clippers led 79-59 in the third quarter. We have seen it time and time again, the Suns are a relentless bunch a began chipping away at the lead.
Goran Dragic, 23 points and 5 assists, made a lay-up with 31 seconds left to cut LAC’s lead to four, but the Clippers were just too clutch from the free throw line and sealed the deal at the stripe.
PJ Tucker had 14 points and 10 rebounds before getting ejected. He and Blake Griffin got tangled up half way through the 4th quarter with both men ending up on the floor. Tucker then threw a punch at Griffin’s face. Tucker received a double-technical and Griffin got one technical.
Griffin shot 14-16 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line to score 37 points while also grabbing 6 boards before fouling out.
Chris Paul finished with 17 points and 11 assists, while DeAndre Jordan had 8 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
The Suns face Cleveland on Wednesday in Phoenix before heading back East for a three-game road trip.
Phoenix and Cleveland tip off at 7:00 p.m. MT from US Airways Center.
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