December 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32), center DeAndre Jordan (6) and power forward Trey Thompkins (9) and the bench celebrate the 117-99 victory against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Second Team Salvation: Clippers Defeat Suns 117-99

And the Los Angeles Clippers’ bench said unto the starters: no worries, we got this. And they did, leading the team to a 117-99 victory against the Phoenix Suns. And it was good.

The Clippers struggled through the first three quarters, never leading the Suns by more than 7 points. But as this season has shown, you should never walk away from a Clippers game before it is truly over.

Coming alive in the fourth quarter, Jamal Crawford rallied the “second team” to redeem the starters’ sleepy start. Perhaps it was the brunch-time game time. In the final quarter in which none of the Clippers starters even played, they shot 64% from the field and outscored the Suns 32-16. And for those of you who enjoy the nickname “Lob City,” Matt Barnes and Eric Bledsoe delivered with some huge dunks.

For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and a career-high 4 steals. Jamal Crawford followed with 21 points, and Chris Paul put up 16 points and 11 assists.

For the Suns, Michael Beasley led the team with 21 points and 5 assists. Shannon Brown and Luis Scola contributed 19 points and 18 points, respectively.

With tonight’s victory, the Clippers improve to 13-6 and make today’s game the Suns’ sixth-straight loss.

Hopefully, the Clippers won’t be too tired from today for their early game tomorrow against the Toronto Raptors. I’ll be sure to have my mimosa ready.

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