LA Clippers 103, Phoenix 77: Clippers extend franchise record to 13 consecutive win

Phoenix, Arizona (Sporting Alert) — Blake Griffin scored 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists and the Los Angeles Clippers score a comfortable 103-77 win over the Phoenix Suns in the NBA on Sunday night.

With the win, the LA Clippers (21-6) extended its franchise record to 13 consecutive victory – having not dropped a game in December so far.

In fact, the last time the Clippers lost was on November 26 when they were beaten 105-98 by the New Orleans Hornets.

“They’re probably the best team in the league,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry mentioned before the start of the game. “They’re playing like it now.”

Jared Dudley led the way for Phoenix (11-17) with 19 points and seven rebounds, as his team suffered back-to-back defeats in as many nights.

The game was expected to be a difficult one for the Suns, but the dismissal of head coach Alvin Gentry, who was ejected when he received two quick technical fouls late in the second quarter, unfortunately, only made things worse for the host team at US Airways Center.

Jamal Crawford was impressive again off the bench after scoring 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three point range.

Chris Paul collected 17 points, 13 assists and five steals for the Clippers, which outscored the Suns 50-29 in the second half.

The ever energetic Matt Barnes added 15 points and eight rebounds from his reserve role.

“We caught Phoenix on a good night (for the Clippers), a tough back-to-back coming from Portland,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said.

Del Negro admits that his team is still not complete as yet, as he’s still waiting on two key figures.

He said: “We are still not a complete team. We have to get Chauncey (Billups) back. We have to get Grant (Hill) back.”

Meanwhile, Luis Scola ended with 11 points, Markieff Morris added 10 off the bench, but Marcin Gortat was kept quiet after scoring eight points.

He did, however, pulled down 12 rebounds for Phoenix, who shot 36 percent from the field and 17 percent from three-pointers.

“They’ve got the best bench in the league…with (Eric) Beldsoe, (Lamar) Odom and (Matt) Barnes,” Gentry said.

“The jump Bledsoe has made from last year is phenomenal. He may be the most improved player in the league.

“No reason they shouldn’t be optimistic about their chances for winning a championship.”

NOTE: In Los Angeles Clippers team news, veteran point guard Chauncey Billups remains out with an injured Achilles he picked up last February. Billups did return earlier this season and played three games, but has been told by doctors that he needs time to rest. Another veteran player, Grant Hill (knee), who hasn’t played a single minute for his new team, is also on the long-term injured list and will not play in 2012. In Phoenix Suns team news, played without forward Michael Beasley, who missed the game with the flu.

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