LOS ANGELES — In his comeback from health and safety protocols, Chris Paul had 15 points and 12 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns 106-92 on Thursday night.
The Suns’ playoff losing skid ended at nine games, dating back to Game 4 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
On offence, Phoenix struggled, shooting 38.9% from the field and 10-of-32 from 3-point range. With 18 points and nine rebounds, Deandre Ayton led the Suns in scoring. Devin Booker had 15 points and five assists despite shooting 5-of-21 from the field after fracturing his nose in three places in Game 2.
Despite this, the Suns rallied in the second half, going on a 12-0 run to cut an 18-point Clippers lead to 89-83 on a Booker driving layup with 7:13 remaining. Reggie Jackson, who led the Clippers with 23 points, was the exception.
Deandre Ayton: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal
Chris Paul: 15 points, 12 assists, 3 steals
Devin Booker: 15 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Mikal Bridges: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Cam Johnson: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Jae Crowder: 9 points, 6 rebounds