Holiday Hootenanny: Clippers Defeat Suns for 13th-Straight Win

 

Dec. 23, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21) , guard Willie Green (34) and center Ryan Hollins (15) cheer from the bench during the game against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at US Airways Center. The Clippers defeated the Suns 103-77. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

‘Twas the night before (the night before) Christmas and all through Phoenix…I give up. Rhyming is hard, but winning for the Los Angeles Clippers is looking easier and easier every game. Last night’s 103-77 victory against the Phoenix Suns gave the Clippers their 13th-straight win and their first victory in Phoenix since 2007.

But you would never have guessed it by the way they played. Despite the Suns keeping the game close through the first quarter and half of the second quarter, the Clippers soon took control. On defense, they held the Suns to 36.3% shooting from the field. On his own, Chris Paul proved disruptive to the Sun’s offense, forcing turnovers that allowed the Clippers fast break opportunities that determined the energy  the rest of the game.

For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jamal Crawford followed with 22 points, and Chris Paul put up 17 points and 13 assists.

For the Suns, Jared Dudley led the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Luis Scola contributed 11 points, and Markieff Morris had 10 points and 7 rebounds.

If the Clippers continue to play like they have been, they shouldn’t have too much trouble with the Denver Nuggets tomorrow. Can the Clippers deliver a Christmas victory at home? A 14th-straight win sounds like a lovely gift to me.

Topics: 103-77, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

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