(Photo: AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
The Los Angeles Clippers had 4 days to let the disappointing come from behind defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday pass and allow them to regroup which they certainly did on Saturday, beating the Phoenix Suns with ease, 120-107.
Chris Paul dominated the Suns on the offensive end, finishing with 32 points on 10 for 13 from the field, including 5 for 6 from behind the 3 point line.
DeAndre Jordan looked more like the player we saw last season, scoring 12 points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, but more important, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking 7 shots on the night. As you would expect after a night like the one Jordan had, the coach was ecstatic.
“I thought he was the star of the game. D.J. not only hit the boards, he changed shots. He was everywhere. I mean, his energy tonight was amazing.” Said Doc Rivers after the game. He was a one-man wrecking crew. I don’t know how many blocked shots he had, but it felt like he had 30. And the ones he didn’t block, he changed. They were throwing shots all over the place because of it.”
Gerald Green led the Phoenix Suns in scoring, dropping 26 points while coming off the bench. Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas each scored 19 points and 2nd year big man Alex Len finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns.
The game was tied at halftime, 54 all, but in the 3rd the Clippers took control of the game, walloping the Suns by outscoring them 42 to 20, putting the game out of reach.
Matt Barnes was especially feisty on Saturday, he finished with 12 and 2 technicals which earned him an ejection with about 4 minutes to play in the game.
Barnes was one of six Clippers that scored in double figures, including all 5 starters and Spencer Hawes who scored 14 off the bench. The usually potent scoring reserve Jamal Crawford finished with 9 points.
The Clippers host the Chicago Bulls on Monday before they head on a long 7 game road trip that will start in Orlando on Wednesday and ends 10 days later in Utah on November 29th.
Fan Photos from the Game:
Floyd “Money” Mayweather
That looks better than your typical ball game food of dog and nachos.