Hakim Warrick came off the bench for a 25-point performance -- he hit 13-of-14 free throws -- as Phoenix won for the second time in six games. Channing Frye and Steve Nash both had 16 points in the win, while Nash also added 10 assists
Los Angeles made it a 10-point game, 106-96, with just under five minutes to play when Gomes hit a long jumper. The Clippers scored the next three points to cut it to a seven-point margin, but Nash hit a jumper and the Suns made their next four free throws to put the lead at 13.
Gordon scored six points during the final 1:44 in a comeback that wasn't meant to be as the Suns sealed the deal from the charity stripe.
"They were in a rhythm," Gordon said. "When we got back in the game, they pushed it back up to 18 and we just went right back at them. We played pretty good defense for a stretch and knocked down a lot of shots but we just have to be consistent defensively. We played hard and we brought the lead all the way back down but we just need to have a better first quarter. That's what really broke us down."
Phoenix scored 11 of the first 13 points of the game and rolled to a 31-10 lead with 3:43 left in the quarter. During the stretch, Richardson hit four three pointers -- he finished with 17 first quarter points -- as the Suns scored a season-high 42 points in the opening 12 minutes.
"Once again we got off to a great start," Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry said. "We just have to find a way to maintain a little bit. We're not going to play at that level though, we're not going to end up with 168 points, but we have to play a little more consistently than what we are doing."
The Clippers made 13-of-21 shots during the second quarter to cut into the Suns lead at the half, 67-51. Griffin made a turn-around bank shot to make it a 15-point game with 1:19 left to play.
Los Angeles cut it to a four-point game while starting the second half on an 18-6 run. Gordon had 10 points during the comeback streak, including a long three-pointer with 8:13 left to play.
Phoenix, however, grew its lead back to 18 points after a Richardson trey. with 46.7 seconds left in the quarter. Phoenix then headed into the final quarter with a sizable 98-81 lead.
Phoenix has won 12 of the last 13 overall meetings, including nine straight in the series -- their longest active winning streak against Western Conference opponents...Phoenix's Robin Lopez did not suit up because of a sprained MCL and PCL...Suns scored a season-high 67 first-half points...Brian Cook had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.