Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) helps up guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Suns Drop Close and Crucial Game to Clippers

Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) battle for the ball during the third quarter at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a tough loss to the Lakers, the Suns were looking to right the ship when the other half of Los Angeles came to Phoenix. The Suns and Clippers duled in a close fight, but the Suns could not manage a victory, narrowly losing 112-108.

The Clippers had the edge 30-25 after the first quarter, but the Suns went through a back and forth second quarter, led by the Morris twins, to jump to a 62-60 lead at halftime. The Suns doimnated the third quarter, extending their lead to 14 going in the last quarter. Then, everything went bad. The Suns were outscored 34-17 in the final 12 minutes and had only four points in the last 3:49. It really comes down to a lack of experience and a difficulty dealing with pressure situations that the Suns sometimes face. The final nail was when Eric Bledsoe drove for the tying basket, but tried to draw contact. He did, but no foul was called, and when he hit the floor out of bounds, the ball bounced off his shin, given the Clippers control.

The Suns and Clippers did play a very even statistical game. The Suns won the rebounding battle 38-36. Phoenix had 14 turnovers to 13 from LA, and both teams shots around 46 percent from the floor. The Suns, however, struggled mightily from deep, shooting 8-28.

ALl eight of the Suns players who scored were in double figures. Marcus Morris led with 16 points. Goran Dragic had 15 points and eight assists, though he shot 2-11 from the filed. Miles Plumlee had 13 points and seven boards. P.J. Tucker had his eleventh double double, with 10 points and 11 boards, including six offensive.  On the other end, Blake Griffin had 23 points for LA and Chris Paul had 20 points and nine dimes.

The Suns now sit at 44-31 with this loss. They sit just outside of the playoffs. Time is running out, and the Suns urgently need a win on Friday when they face the Portland Trail Blazers.

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