T.J. Warren scored a team-high 24 points for the Suns and Eric Bledsoe (the former Clipper) narrowly missed a triple double with 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds. P.J. Tucker provided a rebounding presence, and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with his nine points.
The Suns chipped at the lead in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead from 11 to six with five straight points by Bledsoe. He led the team in fourth quarter points with 12. Neither team shot well for the last quarter; 35.3 percent for the Clippers and a dismal 30 percent for the Suns. Felton scored eight in the final period to help keep the Clips ahead.
L.A. had its largest lead of the game in the third, leading by 19 after going on a 14-0 run, holding the Suns to 25 percent from the field, and went 0 for 5 from deep.
Redick was called for a Flagrant 1 in the third quarter when he caught Devin Booker in the face and upon further review the officials found it excessive and issued the flagrant foul.
The Clippers’ offense flowed during the first despite having eight turnovers, five forced by steals. Redick was everywhere in the first, going 4-of-6 from the field and scoring not just from three but in the lane and from short-range. The Clippers shot the lights out at 56 percent from the field, while holding the Suns to 48 percent.
Turnovers and failing to get back in transition continue to be problems. Phoenix had 28 fastbreak points (13-of-20 from the field) compared to the Clippers’ nine. The Clippers managed to have only one steal for the game when they previously averaged over 10 to start the season.
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The LA Clippers face off against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night in the third game of their season series. The Grizzlies are 5-5 for the last 10, but do pose a threat with their bigs as well as a healthy Mike Conley. He’s scored 30 points in each game against the Clippers so far this season (against a healthy Chris Paul), so they’ll need to find a way to get the ball out of his hands.