In a Battle of the Big Threes, the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed over the Phoenix Suns, 138-111, in a star-studded match-up on Monday night at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and James Harden combined for 61 points in the Clippers' victory, while Phoenix’s Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal finished with 65 points in the losing effort.
The game was close through the first three quarters, featuring eight lead changes and ties. The Suns only trailed by 8 points at the half, and then 10 coming into the fourth quarter (and Durant even cut the lead down to just 7 with a pull-up three).
However, that was the closest Phoenix could get as the Clippers opened the floodgates to turn a tight game into a blowout. Leonard, Harden, Norman Powell and Daniel Theis connected on a series of baskets, unleashing a 15-2 run in the first two minutes of the fourth to break the game wide open.
The Clippers dominated the fourth quarter of this game despite being on the second night of a back-to-back, losing to the neighboring Los Angeles Lakers just a night ago. They controlled the boards (49 rebounds to the Suns’ 32) and assists (32 to the Suns’ 17) and shot 62% from the floor.
The Clippers have now won six of their last seven games (and 15 of their last 18). They are currently holding the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference with a 23-13 record, and they sit just two games behind the third-seeded Denver Nuggets.
For the Suns, Durant, Booker and Beal have just played five games together and they're continuing to get on the same page as Phoenix fell to 19-18, which is the ninth-best record in the West.