Clippers at Suns
The Los Angeles Clippers have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive games, but they typically experience woes in Phoenix. The Clippers will attempt to snap a 10-game losing streak on the Suns’ home floor on Sunday while they also seek to make their winning streak the longest in the NBA this season. Oklahoma City had a 12-game winning streak snapped Thursday by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Phoenix had a four-game winning streak halted by Portland on Saturday.
Phoenix hasn’t lost at home to the Clippers since late in the 2006-07 campaign. The Suns have been inconsistent while moving on from the Steve Nash era and have the third-worst record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles surpassed the franchise mark set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves while beating the Sacramento Kings on Friday. “It’s cool to be a part of it, but at the same time, we want to be much better than that,” forward Blake Griffin said. “We have a lot of work to do. We want to be winning games at the end of the season. That’s what counts.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FSN Arizona (Phoenix)
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (20-6): Griffin and point guard Chris Paul are really meshing in their second season together. Paul posted his 12th double-double of the campaign with 24 points and 13 assists in the victory over Sacramento, while Griffin had 21 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double. “That’s what All-Stars do,” Los Angeles coach Vinny Del Negro said. “I expect that from them, they expect it and their teammates do. They’re more than capable of doing it.” Griffin is averaging 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds and Paul is averaging 16 points and 9.4 assists.
ABOUT THE SUNS (11-16): Forwards Michael Beasley and Luis Scola have failed to make the impact Phoenix was expecting, but the two players combined for 39 points – 21 by Beasley – in a loss to the Clippers on Dec. 8. Beasley has reached 20 points just four times and has totaled 17 over Phoenix’s last three games. He is averaging 10.5 points but has scored in single digits in eight of the last 10 games. Scola has six points in Saturday’s loss to Portland to mark the third time he has scored six or less in five games since returning to the starting lineup. He has reached 20 points just three times and is averaging 12.
1. Los Angeles defeated Phoenix 117-99 on Dec. 8 behind 24 points from Griffin and 21 from G Jamal Crawford.
2. The Clippers had 20 turnovers against Sacramento and lost the turnover battle for the first time since Nov. 23 against the Brooklyn Nets.
3. Suns F Jared Dudley had a career-high 10 assists in the loss to the Trail Blazers.