Mar. 2, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin falls to the ground in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Clippers Vs. Suns: L.A. Drops Road Game To Phoenix

The Clippers have now lost nine straight games in Phoenix.

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Clippers Vs. Suns Final Score: Los Angeles Comes Up Short Against Phoenix, 81-78

The Los Angeles Clippers continued their recent struggles on Friday night when they visited the Phoenix Suns. After leading early, a big third quarter by the home team proved to be the difference as the Clippers lost by a final score of 81-78. The Clippers are now 9-8 on the road and have lost three of their last four games.

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Los Angeles jumped out to a 21-17 lead after the first quarter and entered halftime with a 35-32 lead. It all fell apart in the third quarter, when the Suns outscored the Clips, 31-17. The Clippers battled back in the fourth quarter and managed to come within two points in the final minute of play, but could get no closer.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers scorers with 17 points, also grabbing seven rebounds. Chris Paul added 16 points and five assists. Jared Dudley led all scorers with 22 points. Marcin Gortat picked up a big double-double for the Suns with 18 points and 14 boards.

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Clippers Vs. Suns: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their six-game road trip Friday night in the desert, facing the Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's NBA Pacific Division contest:

Records: Clippers (21-12); Suns (15-20)

Location: U.S. Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN, with Mike Breen and Bruce Bowen on the call; the game is also on Prime Ticket locally, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith on the call

Streaming: ESPN3

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 108.2 points per 100 possessions (third in NBA); Suns, 102.9 (18th)

Defensive Efficiency: Suns, 105.2 (20th); Clippers, 105.6 (21st)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 9-7 on the road this season, and the Suns are 8-9 at home.

Streak Snappers?: The Clippers have lost eight straight games in Phoenix and hope to end that streak like they have so many others this season, including snapping a nine-game losing streak in Denver, a 16-game losing streak in Utah, and a nine-game losing streak to the Magic.

For more news and information regarding Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Suns Game Preview: Chris Paul, Steve Nash In A Battle Of Great Point Guards

The Los Angeles Clippers got their road trip off to a good start Thursday night in Sacramento, and look to continue their winning ways against the Phoenix Suns Friday night at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. The Clippers are 9-7 on the road this season and have won eight of their last 11 contests away from Staples Center.

Friday features a battle of extraordinary point guards, with Chris Paul battling Steve Nash. Paul had 22 points and nine assists in Thursday's 108-100 win over Sacramento, and had 15 points in the second half to key the victory. Nash had 13 points and a season-high-tying 17 assists Thursday night in a ... win over Minnesota, and leads the league at 11.1 assists per game this season. Paul is fourth in the NBA at 8.5 dimes per contest.

Nash leads all guards this season with a 53.9% field goal percentage, one of just three guards to shoot at least 50% this season along with Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Paul is fourth among guards with a 49.6% shooting percentage this season.

This is the first meeting of the season between the Clippers and Suns, and the first of four meetings in the second half of the season. The Clippers have lost 11 of their last 12 games against the Suns, and have lost eight straight games in Phoenix. The last time the Clippers won in Phoenix was April 17, 2007.

Friday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by both ESPN and Prime Ticket. For more news and information regarding Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Schedule 2012: Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets Next Up On Road Trip

The Los Angeles Clippers began their six-game road trip with a 108-100 win in Sacramento on Thursday night against the Kings. But with six games crammed into nine days, the schedule is jam packed over the next week or so. This weekend, the Clippers make two more stops on their road trip, beginning Friday night in Phoenix. Here is their weekend schedule:

Friday: Clippers at Phoenix Suns (7:30 p.m., ESPN & Prime Ticket): Blake Griffin and company take their road show to Phoenix to face a Suns team (15-20) three and a half games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. This is the first of four meetings this season between the two teams.

Sunday: Clippers at Houston Rockets (4 p.m., Prime Ticket): The Clippers obliterated the Rockets 117-89 on January 4 at Staples Center to drop Houston (21-15) at the time to 2-4. They would start 3-7, but have since won 18 of their last 26 games. The Rockets are 15-4 at home this season.

For more news and information on the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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