Suns secure playoff place with win vs Clippers
The Phoenix Suns clinched their first playoff berth since 2010 with an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. The Clippers suffer a second straight defeat as they lose ground in their bid to break into the top 2 in the West.
The Suns led from their first play of the game as Devin Booker led the way with nine first quarter points.
As a team Phoenix hit seven threes in the opening period of play as the Clippers struggled to keep up with the pace of the Suns performance. The Suns were looking to stay hot on the heels of first place Utah and they showed their ambition with an impressive opening quarter, leading by eight points.
The Suns stretched their lead to double digits early on in the second quarter before going on an 0-9 run from the field midway through. The Clippers failed to capitalize however as the Suns were able to go in at the break with a comfortable 10 point lead. HT: Clippers 53-63 Suns.
LA had looked sluggish all game and that continued into the second half as Chris Paul took charge for the Suns with an impressive 10 point haul in the third.
Despite the impressive performance of Paul, the Clippers began to show signs of life and were able to close to within six points going into the fourth.
The Clippers looked as though they were set for a smash and grab victory as they came out into the final period with more intent than we had seen all game.
LA twice closed to within one point of Phoenix but CP3 once again showed his value to the Suns. The former Clipper dropped 15 points in the final quarter including a stretch where he knocked down eight straight to secure the victory for Phoenix.
The Suns clinched their first playoff berth for 11 years in impressive style as they led the game from start to finish, Chris Paul was the catalyst with 28 pts & 10 assists while Devin Booker contributed 21 pts 6 rebs & 3 assists.
Phoenix remain one game back on the Jazz but they now have a two game cushion over the Clippers in third place. Final Score at the Phoenix Suns Arena: Clippers 101-109 Suns.