As expected Michael Beasley got pulled from the starting line-up and he responded positively by arguably playing his best game of the season. Beasley logged 30 minutes on Saturday afternoon, scored 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting, pulled down 4 rebounds and dished out 5 assists, but that effort was in vain.
The Phoenix Suns(7-14) fell the Los Angeles Clippers(13-6) at the Staples Center today 99-117. The score doesn’t exactly show how competitive this game was, in fact the Clippers had only a 85-83 lead after 3 quarters and throughout the first 3 quarters neither team owned more than a 7 point lead.
The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin who scored 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting, got himself 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals; Chris Paul added 16 points and 11 assists. However it was their bench players who ultimately brought this win home for the Clippers. Clipper’s 6th man Jamal Crawford came into the 4th quarter and scored 7 straight points to begin the quarter and led the Clippers on a 17-4 run to begin the 4th; Crawford scored 11 points during that run, 13 overall in the 4th.
After that huge run by Lob City, the Suns who trailed only 83-85 heading into the 4th quarter now found themselves down 102-87 with 7:11 left to go in regulation and that was pretty much all she wrote. The Suns never got closer than 11 points after that point.
Look I said this in the game preview, the Suns cannot afford to turn the ball over! And what did they do? They coughed up the ball 20 times against the Clippers which led to 30 Clipper points!
The Suns have now lost 6 straight games, and the last time they lost 6 straight games was back in March of 2009. Marcin Gortat was once again a non-factor as he posted only 6 points and 3 rebounds on the game, his production as of late is slowly killing his trade value.
The Suns won’t have much time to catch a breath as they’re flying back to Phoenix right now as this article is being written and they will begin preparing for the Orlando Magic who are coming to town tomorrow. The last time these two teams played the Suns got dominated 115-94, obviously the Suns along with Planet Orange are hoping for polar opposite results this time around.