Clippers extend home winning streak to 9 by beating Suns
Lou Williams scored 20 points while Tobias Harris (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Boban Marjanovic (12 points, 12 rebounds) notched double-doubles for the Clippers (14-6), who have the NBA’s longest active home winning streak and have won 10 of their last 12 overall.
The game was tied 49-all at halftime before Los Angeles took control with a 20-4 run over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter to go up 83-63. Gallinari scored 12 of the first 15 points in the run, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Phoenix, off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-17, pulled to 104-93 on Deandre Ayton‘s reverse layup with four minutes remaining but could not get any closer.
Suns: Ayton, the top pick in this year’s NBA draft, had a season-low four points but led the team in rebounds with nine. … Richaun Holmes came off the bench to score 10 points. … G Isaiah Canaan was waived before the game. He appeared in 19 games and averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 assists. Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said it “was a business decision but I feel good about his future.” Canaan began the season as the team’s starting point guard before Kokoskov moved Booker to the point and inserted rookie Mikal Bridges into the starting lineup.
Clippers: Los Angeles has won nine straight games against the Suns, dating back to the start of the 2016-17 season. It is the club’s second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent — the Clippers have won 10 straight vs. Orlando. … Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 13 points. … F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) and G Jerome Robinson (strained right foot) were inactive.
Suns: Host Orlando on Friday.
Clippers: Play at Sacramento on Thursday.