Down by 25 at one point, the Clippers (3-13) came back and only lost by eight against the Suns in Arizona.
Phoenix (8-8) jumped out to a huge lead in the first quarter, outscoring LA 42-21 at the end of the first quarter. The Suns went up by 25 at one point in the second before the Clippers started slowly coming back – getting as close as eight late in the fourth.
Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 32 points and six assists while Blake Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Gomes added 20 points off the bench (and had three three-pointers) and Brian Cook scored 14 and had 10 rebounds.
Jason Richardson led Phoenix with 29 points on 12-19 shooting from the field, while Steve Nash had 16 points and 10 assists.
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The Clippers next play at home against the Utah Jazz on Sunday at noon. The Clippers only lost by two when they met the first time this season on November 6th.
At one point, the Clippers were down by 25 and now its only nine points with three minutes left
The Suns outscored LA 42-21 in the first quarter to jump out the early lead
The Clippers finally broke their losing streak and won their second game of the year – beating New Orleans 99-95. It is the first time LA (2-13) has beaten New Orleans (11-2) in 14 tries and the Clippers got their first win since November 4th.
LA went on a 10-2 run at the end of the fourth quarter and Eric Gordon’s two free throws with four seconds to go secured the four-point win.
Prior to Gordon’s two foul shots, Brian Cook hit a free throw to put the Clippers up by two. New Orleans had a chance to tie or win, but an errant pass from Chris Paul went off a teammate’s foot and the Clippers regained possession – where Gordon was immediately fouled.
In the back-and-forth last minute of the game, LA’s Ryan Gomes’ put-back bucket with 38 seconds left put them up by two and then a Gordon foul shot made it three. Trevor Ariza then missed two free throws for New Orleans but teammate Jarrett Jack got fouled seconds later and made two from the line to keep the score close.
The Clippers’ free throw shooting wasn’t consistent during the game but Gordon, Griffin and Cook hit key foul shots when they counted the most – in the last minute of the game.
Griffin finished the game with 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks while Gordon led his team in scoring with 27. Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12.
David West led New Orleans with 30 points and 10 rebounds while Paul had 14 points and six assists and Marco Belinelli also had 14.
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Against the Knicks on Saturday, Griffin became only the fourth rookie in NBA history to score 40 or more points and have 15 or more rebounds in a game – with the only other players to do it being Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal.
Along with that milestone, Griffin is also the second rookie to score more than 40 points, have at least 15 rebounds and dish out at least seven assists in a game in NBA history. The first one was Oscar Robertson.
Against the 11-1 New Orleans Hornets, the Clippers almost tied to the score at the last second of before the halftime break, but Eric Gordon’s bucket was too late and LA is down 57-55.
Blake Griffin again is spearheading the Clippers attack with 15 points and six rebounds. After his 44-point outpoint on Saturday night, Griffin is again scoring from all over the place with his usual array of dunks as well as several outside jumpers and some aggressive inside play. Al-Farouq Aminu has also been hot in the first half with 16 points on 6-7 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from three point land.
Eric Gordon is the other player in double figures with 11.
Immediately after the break, the Clips tied the score.
Griffin’s 44 points set the new scoring record for a Clippers rookie.
Unfortunately, the Clippers lost again continuing their worst season start since they went 1-17 in 1999.