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Final Score: Phoenix Suns Lose to Los Angeles Clippers; 120-100

The Suns fought back hard in the 2nd quarter after a slow start, and tried to come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth as well, but they got sloppy down the stretch and it cost them the game.

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The Phoenix Suns begin the game with their starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Alex Len.  The Los Angeles Clippers begin with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.

Suns back-up center Brandan Wright is out tonight with a sore left heel.  Miles Plumlee will see additional minutes once again as the back-up center in his absence.

First Quarter

Suns have missed their first three shots...but so have Clippers.

Alex Len is the first to get on the board, followed by Markieff.

Len picked up his first foul on Jordan...even though DeAndre missed both FT's, he's going to have to be careful with Wright out.

Beautiful feed from Bledsoe to Len for the THUNDEROUS dunk!!!

Another great feed from Bledsoe off bounce pass for Markieff dunk.

J.J. Redick can shoot. #newsflash

Suns down 13-10 halfway through the first quarter.  Suns playing aggressive but Clippers also getting to the rim.

When Blake Griffin is hitting his jumpshots, there's not a lot you can do to guard him

Miles Plumlee and Isaiah Thomas enter the game for Goran Dragic and Alex Len

Bledsoe is soooo quick cutting through the defense.  Jordan made a nice attempt on blocking but it was too late. #countthebasket

Marcus Morris and Gerald Green now Check in for the Suns.

Miles had Spencer Hawes dead to rights...but gave him too much respect going soft instead of putting it in the basket.

Suns trail the Clippers 23-16 at the end of the first quarter.  Slow starts are nothing new for PHX, but they need to pull together quickly.

Phoenix shot only 33% in the first quarter compared to Clippers' 44%. Suns being out-rebounded 19-13.

Second Quarter

Dragic missed a wide open Plumlee under the basket twice on that possession.

Big Baby isn't fast enough to keep up with Plumlee cutting to the basket...something Suns should watch for.

This is the Suns opportunity to make a run with Clippers bench in the game, but so far they aren't capitalizing.

Austin Rivers made a jumpshot. #drink

Marcus Morris is the only hot hand right now it seems for Suns...He now has 11.

Alex Len is back in the game is DeAndre.

Dragic scores on a full court sprint as he weaves through the defense

Isaiah with a three that brings the Suns back within 5 points about halfway through the 2nd quarter.

Blake Griffin with nice move to get free for dunk.  Markieff gets him back with a finesse layup on other end.

Matt Barnes complained about a call and got a technical.  #drink

Chris Paul shouldn't try to defend Alex Len.

Ghost foul. #drink

Bledsoe will not be denied! And-one for mini-LeBron.

Bledsoe three and the Suns re-take the lead!  But J.J. Redick answers back.  Clips back up one.

Suns crowd is now loud and engaged after a quiet start...Definitely helping to provide a spark and energy during Suns' surge.

Markieff found Len at the rim for another big dunk.  Then Paul fouls Dragic and tries to help Goran off, Dragic angrily swings his arm away from him.

Things starting to get a little chippy was only a matter of time.

Len now has 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Suns lead Clippers 57-55 at the half. Suns now shooting 49%, same for Clippers. Alex Len is the leading scorer for the Suns with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blks.  He's had an impressive first half on both ends of the floor

Third Quarter

Blake Griffin still shooting and making shots.  He hits the first of the 2nd half to tie the game.

Markieff Morris gets a tech for arguing with Barnes...But that's not a benchable offense.

Alex Len still dunking everything.

Another beautiful drive and score by Bledsoe...too quick, too strong.

Suns falling a little flat here...Need to regroup. Timeout.

Alex Len goes for the Dunk, gets fouled and puts it back, but no basket. He only hits 1/2.  Should have counted the shot.

Chris Paul can't believe he was called for a foul. #drink

Suns in the penalty already...Chris Paul going to the line.

Suns have to be careful here...the game is starting to get away from them with the Clippers now up 79-70 with 3 min remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Suns down 13 now after two back-to-back three pointers by Spencer Hawes.

Blake Griffin reportedly yelling "Don't cry, P.J." as team huddles in timeout....Yeah.

J.J. Redick with a 3rd quarter buzzer beater that rims around before falling at the end of the quarter...Suns now down 12.

Suns down 89-77 at the end of the third quarter.  Phoenix needs to make a big run in the 4th to take control.

Fourth Quarter

The Suns are still missing their shots to start the fourth.

Big Baby just crushed a fan in the front row...

P.J. Tucker hits a three-pointer to get the Suns back within eight early in the 4th.

Isaiah with a nice floater at the rim.

Suns cut the lead to 4 with another big three from Isaiah.

Gerald suckered into a foul by the savvy vet, Jamal Crawford.

Four-Point possession. Suns allow rebound on Crawford missed FT.  Three by Paul.

Thomas with another three keeping Suns alive

Isaiah then Green hit back-to-back threes and the crowd explodes!!! Suns down only 2 points.  Time out Clippers with 7 minutes remaining.

Plumlee iso is not the ideal  play there.

Suns falling behind again.  Clippers hitting their shots...Suns aren't.

Bledsoe goes 0-2 from the line...Not good when trying to make a double-digit comeback under 5 minutes to go.

Suns have completely fallen apart now.  Down 17 when they had cut the lead to just two.

Suns fans are exiting the building with 4 minutes left.

Phoenix is resorting to fouling DeAndre Jordan on every possession, and it's only barely making a difference, as even he is hitting crazy free throws off the backboard.

Suns are waiving the white flag as Goodwin, Warren, Bullock, Zoran, and Plumlee check in with 2 minutes left

Game Over, Suns Lose

The Suns dropped their second home loss in a row, after starting off 4-0.  Phoenix has two home games left against Washington and Chicago before heading back on the road to play Golden State and Utah.

Next game against the Wizards is this Wednesday...Better luck next time.

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