There wasn't much doubt in LA's win over the Suns as the Clippers sat Blake Griffin and Chris Paul late.
By MICHAEL MARTINEZFS West
On the final play of the third quarter Sunday night,
Clippers forward Blake Griffin caught a pass in the corner from Matt Barnes and drilled a three-point basket. The smile on Griffin's face as he walked back to the bench might as well have been a belly laugh.
That's what the Clippers had against the
Phoenix Suns -- a laugher.
Their 103-77 victory at US Airways Center was surely among the most impressive of their winning streak, now 13 and counting. They pulled away with a dominating third period, led by as many as 28 points and buried the dispirited Suns under an avalanche of threes.
This has been a season of erasing bad streaks and establishing new ones. The Clippers ended a 10-game losing streak at Phoenix dating to April 17, 2007, and stretched their road winning streak to six, another franchise record. They're now 21-6, haven't lost since Nov. 26 and are 9-3 away from Staples Center.
"We came out a little sloppy early, but I liked the way we finished the game," Griffin said. "Our starters did a good job, our bench did a good job. It's just a good win."
Some notable moments and statistics:
• The Clippers' defense held Phoenix to 36.2 percent shooting, marking the eighth consecutive game they've held an opponent below 43 percent, tying a franchise record set in 2001.
• Griffin totaled 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Paul became the first player since John Stockton (November 1991) with 17 or more points, 13 or more assists and five or more steals in back-to-back games. Combined they made 15 of 24 shots. And neither played in the fourth quarter.
• The Clippers bench out-scored the Suns' reserves 47-25. Jamal Crawford, who missed 10 of 12 shots Friday against Sacramento, was 8-of-12, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, for 22 points. Crawford has 11 games of 20 or more points this season, most for a bench player in the NBA.
• Matt Barnes had 15 points. The Clippers are 15-0 when he scores in double figures.
• The Clippers were 11 of 21 from three-point distance. The Suns missed their first eight attempts from long distance and finished 3 of 17.
• Despite what Griffin said about a sloppy start, he and Paul set the tone early, scoring 20 of the Clippers' first 24 points of the game. The Clippers scored 11 points in a row, led at the end of one quarter 28-20 and never looked back.