Los Angeles Clippers will be entering this year’s playoffs riding high on confidence as they beat Phoenix Suns for their seventh straight win on Tuesday. The Clippers dominated the first half, scoring 69 points. 7 Clippers players scored in double-digits. On the other hand, six Suns players scored in double-digits. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds for LA. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 20 and 22 points respectively as well for the Clippers. For the Suns, Eric Bledsoe fell short of a double-double with 10 points and 9 assists. Green, Tucker and Goodwin scored 16, 17 and 18 points in that order.
In the first quarter, both teams started off playing well, but the Clippers gained a six point lead at the end of the period.
Clippers opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run before the Suns scored six straight points. Suns could not score much later, as Clippers closed the first half with a 26-point lead.
Suns looked to make a comeback in the second half, outscoring Clippers 27-22 in the third quarter. The Clippers still led 91-70. Phoenix came back even stronger, outscoring Los Angeles 31-21 in the final quarter, but the Clippers still won the game by 11 points.
Apart from the double-double, DeAndre Jordan set a new franchise record for most rebounds in a single season. This record was earlier held by Swen Nater. A few other records set during this match were Chris Paul playing all 82 games this season, J.J. Reddick draining his 200th three-pointer and becoming the first player in franchise history to do so, and Jamal Crawford passing Pete Maravich for the 104th spot on the al time scoring list.
With this win, the Los Angeles Clippers clinched Western Conference’s #3 seed. They head towards the playoffs on a 14-1 winning streak.