Chris Paul has triple-double, NBA-leading Suns top Clippers

Paul had a triple-double with 14 点数, 13 篮板和 10 助攻, and the Suns improved to 25-0 when leading after three quarters by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 106-89 在星期四晚上.

As usual, the 36-year-old Paul was the maestro making big plays in the final minutes to close out the Clippers. He hit a crucial 3-pointer and had five assists in the fourth quarter.

Some teamsbiggest issue is that they don’t know what they want to run or who they want to go to down the stretch,” Paul said. “I think we have a good sense of that. We know what our go-to plays are.

The Suns moved a game ahead of Golden State for the best record in the league. They’ve won three straight and four of five. That’s despite several players missing considerable time this season, including All-Star guard Devin Booker.

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Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after a timeout during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, 星期四, 一月. 6, 2022, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 106-89.

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after a timeout during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, 星期四, 一月. 6, 2022, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 106-89. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

I just think the players have done a really good job of driving our culture,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We have unreal guard play, which really helps.

Paul continues to look 26 years old instead of 36, doing a little of everything to keep the Suns among the league’s elite. 他的 13 rebounds were a career high in his 1,128th regular-season NBA game.

Cam Johnson added a career-high 24 点数, and Jalen Smith — the second-year forward whose playing time has drastically increased recently because of the Suns’ COVID-19 issues — had another good game with 19 点和 14 篮板.

We’re having a lot of fun playing together,” 约翰逊说. “Things are starting to click.

Those performances helped offset a tough night for Booker, who shot just 5 的 22 from the field and finished with 11 点数. 他是 0 的 7 三分球.

Williams said center Deandre Ayton, forward Jae Crowder and JaVale McGee have all cleared the league’s COVID-19 protocols, but were held out of the game as they work their way back into shape. Guard Landry Shamet is still in the protocol.

The Clippers dropped below .500 在 19-20 despite a season-high 26 points from former Suns forward Marcus Morris Sr. Reggie Jackson added 16. The Clippers were missing guards Luke Kennard and Xavier Moon, along with center Ivica Zubac, because of COVID-19 protocols.

We scraped and competed,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said. “That is a good ball club over there and they played well. Their stars took over down the stretch and took over the game.

The Suns led by 17 points midway through the third quarter, but the Clippers cut it to 73-66 in the next few minutes. The Suns took a 75-66 lead into the final quarter.

The Clippers pulled to 79-76 与 8:36 left when Amir Coffey converted a three-point play after making a layup while being fouled. But the Suns responded with the next six points and slowly pulled away.

The Suns jumped out to a 56-40 halftime lead after outscoring the Clippers by 15 in the second quarter. Johnson led the Suns with 17 points before the break. Morris had 13 for the Clippers.

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太阳队: F Bismack Biyombo played his third game for the Suns and his first at home. The 11-year veteran was signed last week because the Suns were thin in the frontcourt. He finished with three rebounds in 13 分钟. … The Suns had a season-high 63 篮板.

剪子: G Brandon Boston Jr. was back on the court after spending time in the COVID-19 protocol. … 洛杉矶. shot just 3 的 18 (17%) from 3-point range in the first half.

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