VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 19: NBA star Steve Nash (R) of the Phoenix Suns and part owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC stands with B.C. Premier Christy Clark and MLS Commissioner Don Garber before the match against Toronto FC March 19, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Suns Frustrate Blake Griffin in 108-99 Win Over Clippers

Good win for the Suns, but only because a loss would have been devastating.

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Phoenix Suns Put Away Blake Griffin And The Clippers, 108-99

The Phoenix Suns scored 27 points in each of the game's four quarter as they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 in a crucial road win. Steve Nash led the team with 23 points and 13 assists and came just three rebounds away from a triple double. The best sign of his returning good health, Nash was 3-3 from three-point range.

Defensively, Channing Frye and even Hakim Warrick did a solid job against rookie sensation Blake Griffin. Griffin fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter after expressing his frustration at a difficult game. He scored 17 points but needed 18 shots to do it and had a career-low two rebounds in the game.

Frye finished strong with all 19 of his points coming in the second half including 5-8 from three. Jared Dudley added 14 points of his own and six rebounds along with great infectious energy and effort.

Another bright spot for the Suns was Zabian Dowdell who stepped in for Aaron Brooks who was suspended for this game. Dowdell played 13 minutes backing up Nash and finished with eight points (4-8 shooting) and played his typical solid defense. The bench unit with Dowdell was able to extend a three-point lead to 11 points over a six minute stretch while Nash rested. 

The Suns stay in L.A. until their next game against the Lakers on Tuesday.


Aaron Brooks Suspended By NBA, Threw Ball At Official In Friday's Game

Phoenix Suns backup point guard Aaron Brooks was suspended for one game by the NBA according to a report by Arizona Republic beat writer, Paul Coro. Brooks received a technical foul in the fourth quarter of the Suns game on Friday after he threw the ball towards an official. The ball hit the official in the leg. Brooks appeared to be upset about not receiving a foul call on a drive to the basket.

The news comes just a few hours before the Suns are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers today in a 12:30 game. Guard Zabian Dowdell will likely get the minutes playing behind Steve Nash.

Brooks was suspended once before this season by his former team, the Houston Rockets. In a game on February 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, Brooks was taken out of the game and according to this report in the Houston Chronicle, instead of heading to the bench, he went to the locker room. The team suspended him for the next game.

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