The Phoenix Suns were beaten like a rented mule in their first game against the Portland Trail Blazers. They kept it close throughout in their second game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Their third game against the Los Angeles Clippers saw LA slowly eat away at them like rust on a suspension bridge, but the end result was the same as in the previous two, with the Suns dropping their third straight game, 130-88.
The Clippers never went on a major run but controlled the game the whole way, leading 23-18 after the 1st quarter, 58-44 at the half, and 90-64 at the end of the 3rd. Their advantage stretched into the 30s in the 4th, as the quarter resulted in extended garbage time. The eventual 42-point loss by the Suns is the third-worst in franchise history.
Blake Griffin dominated the Suns to the tune of 29 points in 28 minutes. He was also mostly responsible for the foul trouble experienced by T.J. Warren (fouled out), Josh Jackson (fouled out), and Marquese Chriss (4 fouls). Lou Williams had 18 points off the bench, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 13 rebounds.
For Phoenix, Alex Len led the Suns in scoring with 15 points, making 9-of-11 free throws. Mike James was also a factor off the bench, scoring 10 points and dishing six assists. Devin Booker struggled all night with his bruised tailbone, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Eric Bledsoe was a non-factor, with just four points and four assists in 24 minutes. Tyson Chandler led all players with 14 rebounds.
The Suns’ defense was absent once again, allowing the Clippers to shoot 54.5 percent from the field and hit 12 of 26 3-pointers.