L.A. Clippers 78, Phoenix 81

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, March 2, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials - #24 Mike Callahan, #26 Pat Fraher, #44 Eli Roe
Attendance - 18091

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
L.A. Clippers 21 14 17 26 78
Phoenix 17 15 31 18 81

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
L.A. Clippers 21-13 12-5 9-8 L1
Phoenix 16-20 9-9 7-11 W2

Recap


SUNS 81, CLIPPERS 78: Jared Dudley scored 22 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 13.3 seconds left, as Phoenix extended its mastery of visiting Los Angeles.

Center Marcin Gortat added 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Suns handed the Clippers their ninth consecutive defeat in Phoenix.

Grant Hill added 14 points for the Suns, who won despite a season-low 32 points in the first half and squandering an 11-point fourth-quarter lead.

Blake Griffin scored 17 points to pace Los Angeles, which has dropped 12 of the last 13 meetings with Phoenix.

The Suns closed the third quarter on a 13-3 run to carry a 63-52 lead into the fourth, but the Clippers stormed back with an 11-2 spurt capped by Mo Williams' 3-pointer to tie it at 70 with 3:39 to play.

Gortat's tip-in and a pair of free throws restored the lead to four, and the closest the Clippers got was within 77-75 on Chris Paul's 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left.

The Clippers appeared on the verge of delivering an early knockout punch when Kenyon Martin and Williams combined for all the points in a 10-1 spurt for a 33-22 second-quarter lead.

The Suns, however, responded with a 10-0 run of their own and held Los Angeles without a field goal for the final 4:58 to pull within 35-32 at halftime.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Suns PG Steve Nash, a two-time league MVP, wound up with more turnovers (seven) than points (six) for the third time this season. ... Suns F Channing Frye had a well-rounded first-half stat line. He had 10 rebounds and zero points on 0-for-10 shooting. Frye finished with 14 rebounds and shot 2 of 18. ... Los Angeles has not won in Phoenix since April 17, 2007. ... Martin had a season-high 14 points, only the second time he's scored in double figures in 12 games since joining the Clippers after his season in China ended.

Top Game Performances

L.A. Clippers   Phoenix
Blake Griffin 17 Scoring Jared Dudley 22
Chris Paul 5 Assists Steve Nash 6
Caron Butler 8 Rebounds Channing Frye 14
Blake Griffin 5 Free Throws Made Marcin Gortat 6
Kenyon Martin 3 Steals Jared Dudley 1
Blake Griffin 2 Blocks Marcin Gortat 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Clippers 78 36.8 6-16 8-9 13 46 5 8 11
Phoenix 81 35.0 7-21 18-29 19 52 8 2 12

Upcoming Games

  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Suns have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .476 after a loss.
  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game on the road against Houston . The Clippers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .833 after a loss.
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