DeAndre Jordan surpassed the 900-rebound mark for the season (14.0 rebounds per game), grabbing 17 rebounds and scoring eight points, as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns, 112-105. The Clippers took quality shots in this game, finishing 43-78 (55.1%). Los Angeles (45-20) has now won eight in a row, dating back to a 125-117 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 23rd.
Jordan went 4-6, in a solid performance. He also tallied 3 blocks and 1 assist. Other top performers for Los Angeles were Blake Griffin with 37 points and 6 rebounds, Chris Paul with 17 points and 11 assists, and Matt Barnes with 13 points and 6 rebounds. On 7-12 shooting from the field and 9-11 from the free throw line, Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Phoenix in the loss. P.J. Tucker contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds and Miles Plumlee finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 57.7%, the Clippers posted a FTA rate of 39.7. This season, they are undefeated (11-0) when they exceed 55% and 35.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Suns are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Phoenix (36-27) to 1-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off with the Golden State Warriors, who are 40-24 on the year. The Suns meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 24-40 this season. The Clippers came up short against Golden State each of the last two times they've met. The Suns are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season.
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