Clippers use fast start to bury sinking Suns

first_imgThe Clippers shot 63 percent in a 79-point first half, the franchise’s highest-scoring half since the then-San Diego Clippers scored 87 against Utah 34 years ago.Clippers coach Doc Rivers likes what he’s seen out of his retooled squad.“Everybody trusts everybody,” he said. “We kind have this feed the pig principle and if one guy gets going you stay with him.”Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 27 apiece for the Suns, who have dropped 13 of their last 14 and 18 of their last 21 games. Alex Len had 14 points and 13 rebounds.The 19-0 start to a game was the most on record for the Clippers and the most for any team since Washington scored the first 20 against Brooklyn last April 11. The Clippers’ 79 points at the half were the most since the then-San Diego Clippers scored a franchise-record 87 against Utah on April 14, 1984.“That was great,” Rivers said. “When you give yourself a cushion like that you can play awful in the third quarter and still win by a lot.”Phoenix never cut the lead to single digits after that 19-0 start.“When we get a lead like that you get in a little comfort zone but for us to get to where we want to get you can’t fall in that trap,” Harris said. “We got to stay with it every single night, every single minute.”Josh Jackson, who finished with 19 points, finally ended the drought with a driving layup with 7:09 to play in the quarter.“Inexcusable,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “We knew that they’re an iso (isolate) team and they were going to put it down and drive it right at us and they did and we couldn’t keep anyone in front of us.”Triano said his young team practices harder than it plays.“Why do we practice against each other harder than we play in front of 15,000 people?” he said. “We practice downstairs, we’ll kill each other, we jump in front, we do everything. When the lights come on, I don’t know if it’s nerves, fear, experience, we just back up, back up and give in.”Austin Rivers’ step-back 3-pointer was the final basket of the first quarter and the Clippers led 40-18.That’s when Williams heated up. After taking two shots, and missing them, in the first quarter, the scoring machine off the Clippers bench scored 23 in 23 minutes in the second quarter, going 9 for 12 from the field, including 3 for 5 from 3-point range.Williams scored 16 in the final 4½ minutes of the first half. His 16-foot fadeaway jumper with three seconds left gave the Clippers their biggest lead of the night, 79-50, at the half.Phoenix cut it to 15 in the third quarter, at 87-72, on Len’s 13-footer with 3:20 left.The closest the Suns got after that was the final 11-point margin.“We can’t come out with mindset here we have to get punched in the face and then fight back,” Booker said. “We’ve got to be the aggressors.”TIP INSClippers: The Clippers have won seven straight over the Suns and 16 of the last 18. … Williams and Harris were the second Clippers duo to top 20 points apiece in the same game this season. Williams and Rivers have done it twice. … The Clippers won on the second night of back-to-back games for only the second time this season. … Williams is on pace to be the highest-scoring reserve in the NBA since at least 1983-84, when the Suns’ Eddie Johnson averaged 21.5 and won NBA Sixth Man Award.Suns: Center Tyson Chandler (neck) did not play. … Signed guard Shaq Harrison to a 10-day contract. …. After the first five minutes of the game, the Suns outscored the Clippers 117-109. … Phoenix remains tied with Atlanta for the most losses in the league at 42.UP NEXTClippers: At Denver on Tuesday night.Suns: Host Portland on Saturday night. PreviousThe Suns Dancers perform during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) shoots over the defense of Phoenix Suns’ Elfrid Payton during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPhoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson looks to grab a defensive rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns’ T.J. Warren defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, right, drives to the basket past the defense of Phoenix Suns’ Shaquille Harrison (10) and Josh Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Clippers’ Sam Dekker (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns’ Elfrid Payton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks over Phoenix Suns’ T.J. Warren during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) pulls a rebound away from Phoenix Suns’ T.J. Warren during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, right, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, top left, vies for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, and Tobias Harris during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, top left, vies for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, and Tobias Harris during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks to an official following a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks to an official following a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, left, talks with Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers calls out to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton (2) drives to the basket through the defense of Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace (12) and Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton (2) drives to the basket through the defense of Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton (2) drives to he basket through the defense of Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace (12) and Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots the ball over the defense of Phoenix Suns’ Dragan Bender during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks the ball against during the second half of Friday’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. The Clippers rolled to a 128-117 victory. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson looks to grab a defensive rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton (2) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) battle for a loose ball in front of Suns center Alex Len (21) and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, grabs a rebound over Phoenix Suns’ Alex Len during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. The Clippers defeated the Suns 128-117. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)The Suns Dancers perform during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)ExpandPHOENIX — The Clippers made quick work of the Phoenix Suns, very quick.Five minutes into the game, the Clippers led 19-0 and the staggering Suns never recovered.Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes – including a 23-point second quarter – and the Clippers handed the Suns their eighth loss in a row, 128-117 on Friday night.Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won eight of 11.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Alab bounces back, torches Mono Vampire

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