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Trick or Treat? Clippers Crush Suns on Halloween to Stay Undefeated

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan combined for 64 points and the Los Angles Clippers cruised to a 116-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Halloween night to remain undefeated on the season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored 24 points, Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the winless Phoenix Suns 116-98 on Monday night.

DeAndre Jordan added 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers relied on their Big Three in improving to 3-0 this season.

"That was his best game by far," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. "I actually thought he played pretty aggressice, I din't think he was hesitant at all and that was good."

Brandon Knight had 18 points for the Suns (0-4), who gave Los Angeles a little scare on Halloween when they cut the lead to 56-55 in the third quarter. The Clippers pulled away after that.

"We played aggressive on both ends of the court," mentioned Suns head coach Earl Watson. We gave up too many points (34) in the third quarter. We don't like to give up 34 points in a quarter."

Griffin scored 15 points in the first half, when Los Angeles built as much as a 13-point lead.

"Trust has been a big point of emphasis for us," said Griffin on the team's cohesiveness. "We have been eliminating mistakes by communicating more."


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The Clippers' defense was stout and forced the Suns into 14 first-half turnovers. Los Angeles closed with an 18-3 run to lead 48-36 at halftime.

"One of our biggest issues has been getting past the previous play," added Paul on how the team responded when the Suns closed the gap. "We're going a better job of that it shows a lot of growth."

Griffin, Paul and Jordan combined for 64 points on Halloween and remain undefeated to start the young season.

Not only have the Clippers won their first three games to start the season, but they have won nine straight regular season games at home overall, dating back to last season.

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