Montrezl Harrell

Clippers Smack Around Phoenix...

Los Angeles, CA.-- Now officially into the All-Star weekend, the Los Angeles Clippers (32-27) find themselves in the still in playoff hunt 59 games into the season.

With no highly touted star coming into training camp on this roster and key pieces head coach Doc Rivers counted on night in & night out since he's arrived in Los Angeles no longer there (B. Griffin, C. Paul, D. Jordan), he has this team five games over 500. and in the eighth spot out West.

They went into the break in the win column by defeating the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night 134-107. 

Despite hanging 134 on Wednesday night, Rivers is still trying to figure out some things offensively with this new look roster. 

"We're getting there. We still don't have a lot of the offense in but we'll have two important practices next week before going back on the road," Rivers said.

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Rivers knows he still has reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams.

Just a few days before returning back to Los Angeles from the Grammy award road trip Williams had his season-high 45 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He followed that up by scoring 30 points and didn't miss a shot in the first half and was 12-16 from the field overall. 

He also had a game-high 10 assist which was more than Phoenix starting backcourt combined.

"That's impressive but he's been doing that all year," Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said of Williams' night. "It's been fun to watch. Sometimes you get caught up watching him sometimes."

Danilo Gallinari made 4-5 from 3-pt scoring 20 points and Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 19 points off the bench. 

Los Angeles shot 60% from the field and 50% from 3-pt (11-22).

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After the loss, the Phoenix Suns (11-48) tied a franchise record 15th straight loss. They have the second worst record behind the New York Knicks who are 10-47.

They have not won since Jan 12th.

One of the bright spots for Phoenix was Kelly Oubre Jr. who led the team with 28 points. 

"It's very discouraging. We show signs here and there but we have to put it all together." Oubre Jr. said. "The only way is up. Right now, we're at the bottom."

Leading scorer Devin Booker (25 ppg) struggled all night. 

He didn't score his first field goal until under a minute remaining in the first half. He was shadowed by Beverley all night and finished with 10 points and 2-10 shooting and missed all three of his 3-pt attempts. 

Head Coach Kokoskov said the job Beverley did on Booker throughout the game: 

"He's one of the elite defenders on the ball."

First pick in last year's draft DeAndre Ayton had a solid game with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Former Clipper Jamal Crawford who spent six years in Los Angeles got an ovation from the crowd at Staples Center when he entered the game. 

He finished with 17 points and a team-high 6 assist in just 16 minutes. 

Phoenix will travel to Cleveland when they return from the All-Star break.

Clippers Next Game: @ Memphis Grizzlies on Friday the 22nd.