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Clippers lose heartbreaker at buzzer to Suns


Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Clippers played sloppy all afternoon against the Suns... yet, they still had chance to win the game late. After trailing by six with a few minutes to go, Kawhi Leonard and company helped bring the Clippers back into the game, eventually tying the score up at 115 with 30 seconds remaining.

LA played great defense on the Suns. They forced Ricky Rubio to take a contested shot, and Ivica Zubac grabbed the board. He then turned the ball over back to the Suns... then Devin Booker did this.

An absolutely heartbreaking way for the Clippers to lose this game. Even if they don’t win it at the buzzer, you’d think with the momentum they had, they could have put the game away in overtime. Still, you have to tip your hats to Booker and the Suns. They were the better team all game and just overall wanted it more.

The difference in this game was the three-point shooting. After setting a franchise record the other day with 25 made three’s against New Orleans, the Clippers couldn’t buy one from deep. They made only eight, shooting 27.6 percent from deep. The Suns on the other hand seemingly couldn’t miss. Phoenix knocked down 17 and shot 54 percent.

Booker led the way for Phoenix, as he finished with a game-high 35 points. He also added eight assists and four rebounds, while knocking down 6-of-9 from deep. The Suns also got contributions from all around, as they had four other players finish with at least 12 points.

On the Clippers side of things, Leonard led with 27 points. It seemed as if they call came in the fourth quarter, as he was getting bucket after bucket for them. Paul George finished with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. He really struggled from deep, going 1-for-7.

Though his late turnover cost the Clippers the game, Zubac looked really good out there. He finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. Closing things up, Lou Williams played in his first game since arriving back in Orlando. He looked rusty, only scoring seven points in 20 minutes.

Up next

The Clippers will play the Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. PT this Thursday. You can catch the game on Fox Sports West or TNT.