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Suns’ struggles carryover: Clippers dominate with 138-111 final score

Jan 8, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard James Harden (1) is fouled by Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second quarter at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
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Coming off a disappointing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Suns made it two in a row as they were blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena.

Similar to the last time these two teams met up, the Clippers lit up the basket, scoring at least 30 points in every quarter. Every player on the Clippers’ starting lineup finished with at least 10 points. Paul George led the pack with 25.

In the first half, the Clippers went 9/17 from deep, shot 66.7% from the field, and outrebounded the Suns 21-12.

While the Suns stayed competitive for the majority of the night, keeping the lead within single digits, the Clippers were pulled away in the 4th quarter. At one point, Los Angeles went on a 15-0 run, bolstering their lead to over 20.

For reasons still unknown, Frank Vogel elected not to play Jusuf Nurkic for almost the entire 2nd half after he started the 3rd quarter with 0/4 shooting. The Suns had major problems in the paint all night long, as they allowed the Clippers to outscore them 58-38 in this area.

Not to mention, LA ended up with double the rebounds as Phoenix, making it pretty much impossible for the Suns to win.

Besides Kevin Durant’s 30 points, it is hard to point out a positive from tonight’s loss. With two games against the Clippers now under their belt, the Suns have put their flaws on full display.

The Suns lacked help from their bench, could not limit the turnovers, lost the rebounding battle, did not have a good defensive plan, and failed to shoot the ball consistently.

Next up for Phoenix is a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, January 11th.

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