Suns Rally Falls Short Against Clippers
In spite of a furious comeback where the Suns scored 60 points to the Clippers' 50 in the second half, the Suns couldn't quite steal in a win in Los Angeles falling 112-105 Monday night.
Phoenix fell behind early on as Los Angeles poured on 34 points in the first quarter to jump out to an 11 point lead after one and were able to extend it to 17 at halftime. The Suns went on a blistering 19-4 run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to four but never got closer.
Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out. It was the Clippers' eighth straight victory.
Seven Suns players finished in double figures including 14 points and 10 rebounds from P.J. Tucker before being ejected in a tussle with Griffin, but the Clippers' 55 percent shooting was too much for the Suns who shot a respectable 46 percent.
Playing his second game after missing time due to a sprained knee, Miles Plumlee had one of his best games of the calendar year finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. After scoring 41 points in his previous game against the Thunder, Gerald Green tallied 16 points.
The Suns gave up 34 points to the Clippers in the first quarter, which set them back from the get-go. Phoenix played the Clippers relatively even for the final three quarters, but were never really able to fully catch up after falling behind early.
The performance spurred a 34-23 quarter in favor of the Clippers who were able to preserve the win late.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Our guys never quit. That's a great thing. But to get down by that many points, a comeback just isn't always going to happen. We played a little soft in the opening quarter. Our backs are to the wall now. We have to play tougher." -- Jeff Hornacek on the loss, and looking ahead to Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Goran Dragic caught fire in the second half en route to a team-high 23 points and a team-high five assists. Dragic went 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the foul line.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
19: the total number of points the Suns scored during a 19-4 run which got them to within four points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles went nearly six minutes without scoring during the stretch.