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Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: KLAC | Sportsnet | TNTStaples Center Los Angeles

569Phoenix Suns
570Los Angeles Clippers

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Phoenix vs. Los Angeles Recap APR 8TH 2021

Devin Booker's buzzer-beating, turnaround jumper as time expired capped a 35-point effort, and the Phoenix Suns knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-115, in Tuesday's seeding-round matchup.

The Suns (29-39) extended their perfect start in the Orlando-area bubble restart, winning their third straight and keeping hopes of a surprise run to the playoffs alive.

Phoenix jumped ahead in the first quarter when Booker sank three of his six made 3-pointers over a two-minute stretch. The Suns fell behind in the late second quarter before back-to-back Cameron Payne 3-pointers reclaimed an edge they maintained much of the second half.

Payne finished with 12 points off the bench and was one of five Suns to score in double-figures. Deandre Ayton scored 19 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, Ricky Rubio added 18 points and four assists, and Dario Saric chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Led by Booker's 6-of-9 performance, Phoenix shot a blistering 53.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Both Rubio and Mikal Bridges, who finished with nine points, went 3 of 4 from deep.

Conversely, the Clippers (45-22) shot a dismal 8 of 29 from long range. Kawhi Leonard went 2 of 4 from outside en route to a team-high 27 points, and JaMychal Green shot 2 of 4 beyond the arc for 10 points.

No other Clipper made more than one 3-pointer. Paul George, whose 23 points were second on the team, shot finished 1 of 7 from behind the 3-point line and 6 of 17 from the floor in total.

Although the Suns capitalized on their hot shooting and the Clippers going cold, their second-half lead never surpassed 11 points. As the Clippers remained in striking distance, Leonard stepped up with six points in the final 3:03.

His two made free throws with 31.3 remaining negated Booker's tie-breaking floater a possession earlier, but Booker got another shot at closing it out after a Bridges steal with eight seconds left.

Phoenix came into the Orlando-area bubble with the worst record among the Western Conference teams, but remains alive for the playoffs after a 3-0 start. The Suns sit three games behind No. 8-seed Memphis, but will need to help to pass New Orleans, San Antonio and Portland to sneak into the play-in series.

--Field Level Media

The Los Angeles Clippers ran their home record to 20-8 this season, pushing past the Phoenix Suns 113-103 on Thursday in a battle of the second and third teams in the Western Conference standings.

For the Clippers' second straight game, Paul George had the hot hand. Two nights after pouring in 36 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, George scored 33. His 12 for 19 shooting included 7 of 9 from 3-point range.

Down by eight about midway through the second quarter, the Suns went on a 22-12 run to take a 56-54 at the half. They shot 65.7 percent from the field in the process,

The Clippers, who went 18 of 37 on 3-pointers for the game, hit 4 of 8 from long range in the third quarter and led 83-81 going into the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles extended that lead to as many as 14 in the final quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.

Patrick Beverley hounded Devin Booker, Phoenix's top scorer, most of the evening, but the two-time All-Star still finished with 24 points. Mikal Bridges added 20 points and Deandre Ayton chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

While George had it going early, Kawhi Leonard took over in the second half, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter. New addition Rajon Rondo did a nice job of setting the table for the Clippers off the bench, finishing with 15 points, nine assists and no turnovers.

The back-and-forth affair had 15 lead changes and was tied 10 times. The game also included an ejection when Patrick Beverley's foul on Paul with just over seven minutes left was determined to be unnecessary and excessive after a video review.

Beverley was on a minutes restriction, and finished scoreless with two rebounds in 17 minutes.

With the game in hand, L.A.'s Marcus Morris also was ejected for arguing with officials.

The loss snapped Phoenix's seven-game winning streak and dropped the Sun's NBA-best road record to 17-7.

The Clippers have won three in a row and nine of their last 11 games.

--Field Level Media

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Last Meetings

  • Suns @ Clippers 103-113
  • Clippers @ Suns 112-107
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  • Clippers @ Suns 121-111
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  • Suns @ Clippers 99-115
  • Clippers @ Suns 111-99
  • Clippers @ Suns 128-117
  • Suns @ Clippers 95-108

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Leonard has missed the last two games due to right foot soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court against the 76ers on Friday.

  • Patrick Beverley

    Late May | out

    Beverley is sidelined with a fractured left hand, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Out Wed | out

    Morris Sr. will not be in the lineup versus the Pistons on Wednesday, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Paul George

    Out Wed | out

    George will not be in the lineup Wednesday versus the Pistons, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Out Sun | out

    Leonard will not take the court against the Pistons on Sunday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Mfiondu Kabengele

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kabengele is dealing with a sprained right ankle, leaving his status against the Pelicans on Sunday clouded.

  • Reggie Jackson

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Jackson suffered an eye injury during the previous contest, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Friday's game versus the Rockets.

  • Paul George

    Out Fri | out

    George will not be in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Rockets, as he will be given a day of rest.

Phoenix Suns

  • Abdel Nader

    Out indefinitely | out

    Nader is sidelined due to right knee soreness, and there is no timetable for his return.