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Live updates: Suns’ first-round matchup is set after loss to Clippers Sunday

We know who the Suns will play next week.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns were without seven rotation players in against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday afternoon. Perceived to be at a big disadvantage, Phoenix put up a great effort in an eventual 119-114 loss at Footprint Center.

See below how the game unfolded.


The Suns stayed within a two-possession score against the Clippers for most of the fourth quarter but fell late, when Leonard had a layup that gave his team a 119-114 lead in the final 30 seconds.

You can see how the game unfolded in our rapid recap above.


— Los Angeles is on a 9-0 run to start the second half and leads 57-53 with 10:18 left in the quarter.

The Golden State Warriors are up by 36 points on the Portland Trail Blazers, so if Phoenix wins, it will face the defending champions in the first round of the playoffs. If the Clippers win, they will face the Suns in the first round.

ICYMI: Here is the video the Suns showed before Al McCoy gave a speech in his final regular-season game as a broadcaster for the team.



Story on Darius Bazley’s poster dunk over Ivica Zubac:

There has been a delay in play due to a broken speaker in the arena, which Suns public address announcer Vince Marotta said could be a hazard.

The Suns lead the Clippers, 43-40, with 2:55 left in the second quarter.

— The Clippers have outscored the Suns 21-15 with 4:11 left in the period. Phoenix has seen more activity from Darius Bazley, who had a thunderous one-handed dunk over a Los Angeles big at the rim.

The Clippers have closed the gap in part due to strong bench play from guard Bones Hyland, who has nine points. Los Angeles starting guard Russell Westbrook also has nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with two assists.

Landale has 13 points to lead the Suns, who are shooting 15-of-44 (34.1 percent). The Suns still have a sizable advantage on the glass (27 to 21). Lee has eight points, Okogie has seven and Bazley has seven.

Wainwright is the only Suns player who has been on the floor to not score.



Can the Suns really pull this off? They had a double-digit lead multiple times in the period. Jock Landale is up to double figures in scoring (11).

Phoenix got off to an encouraging start against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday and has done the same against the Clippers.

It leads 17-12 with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Landale has nine points to lead the Suns.


— For video of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton getting pregame work, check out my Twitter page @TrevorMBooth.

— The Suns have the following starters against the Clippers: G Saben Lee, G Landry Shamet, G/F Josh Okogie, F Ish Wainwright, C Jock Landale.

Here are some of our stories leading up to today’s game:


Playoff scenarios:

Monty Williams’ pregame press conference video and quotes:

Phoenix Suns to honor Al McCoy in final regular season game:

You can also view our open thread for today’s game below:

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