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The Phoenix Suns held a lead after three quarters of action in Los Angeles, but the Clipper seized total control in the 4th.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, 117-99 thanks to stellar play in the fourth quarter. Phoenix took advantage of sluggish Clippers play through the first three quarters and led at the start of the fourth, 89-85. From there it was nothing but Los Angeles, as LA outscored Phoenix 32-16 in the final 12 minutes.
Blake Griffin led the scoring for LA, contributing 24 points and eight rebounds. Jamal Crawford was part of the phenomenal effort by the Clippers bench, putting up 21 points, including 13 in the second half.
Phoenix suffered from an unusually quiet game from Goran Dragic. He didn't make a field goal until there was just 2:21 reamining in the game, and he finished 2-of-7 from the floor with eight points in total. Michael Beasley was the leading scorer for the Suns with 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 on threes, for 21 points. It wasn't just Dragic; the team had a season-high 20 turnovers and tied their fifth-lowest rebound mark of the season with 24.
The Suns fall to 7-14 with the loss. They return home for Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic.