Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 24, 2018 12:55 PM
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks over Phoenix Suns' T.J. Warren during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
By Bob Baum, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes — including a 23-point second quarter, Los Angeles scored the first 19 of the game and the Clippers handed the staggering Phoenix Suns their eighth loss in a row, 128-117 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers. They have won 8-of-11.
Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 27 apiece for the Suns, who have dropped 13 of their last 14 and 18 of their last 21 games. Alex Len had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Phoenix never cut the lead to single digits after Los Angeles, coming off a tough loss at Golden State the previous night, scored the first 19 points of the game.
Josh Jackson, who scored 19 points in the game, finally ended the drought with a driving layup with 7:09 to play in the quarter.
Austin Rivers' step-back three-pointer was the final basket of the first quarter and Los Angeles led 40-18.
That's when Williams heated up. After taking two shots, and missing them, in the first quarter, the scoring machine off the Clippers bench scored 23 in 23 minutes in the second quarter, making 9-of-12 shots, 3-of-5 three's.
Williams scored 16 in the final 4.5 minutes of the first half. His 16-foot fadeaway jumper with three seconds left gave Los Angeles its biggest lead of the night, 79-50, at the half.
Phoenix cut it to 15 in the third quarter, 87-72, on Len's 13-footer with 3:20 left.
The closest the Suns got after that was the final 11-point margin.
Clippers: Los Angeles has won seven straight over the Suns and 16 of the last 18. ... Williams is averaging career-highs in points, assists, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. ... Los Angeles won on second night of back-to-back games for only second time this season. ... Williams is on pace to be the highest-scoring reserve in the NBA since at least 1983-84, when the Suns' Eddie Johnson averaged 21.5 and won NBA Sixth Man Award.
Suns: C Tyson Chandler (neck) did not play. ... Signed G Shaq Harrison to a 10-day contract. .... After the first five minutes of the game, Suns outscored Clippers 117-109.
Clippers: At Denver on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Suns: Host Portland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).