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Clippers beat Suns 117-99 for 5th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012
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"If we're going to get out of this, we've got to work our own way out and do it collectively as a group," Gentry said. "In this league, no one's going to help us and no one feels sorry for you. It's not a pity league."

Luis Scola scored 10 in a row for the Suns and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Neither team managed to pull away in the third, when the Clippers led 85-83 before their starters went to the bench for good to start the fourth.

Los Angeles got a boost from its second unit early in the second, with Crawford scoring five in a row and Lamar Odom and Barnes chipping in as the Clippers played catch-up. Griffin and Paul took over the final 2:50, combining to score 11 of their team's final 14 points to send the Clippers into halftime leading 63-57.

Odom finished with eight points and eight rebounds, having dropped 12 pounds recently as he works his way back into shape.

"I don't think you can have too much talent," he said about the bench. "We need everyone to be successful to get to where we want to be."

The game began shortly after noon, and the Clippers' defense sleepwalked through the first quarter when the Suns led by seven.

Notes: Suns C Jermaine O'Neal was ejected in fourth quarter after taking offense to a call. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups missed his second straight game because of tendinitis in his left ankle. ... The Clippers have scored 100 or more points in each of their last five victories. ... The Suns played their seventh road game in 14 days. They fell to 2-10 away from home. ... Beasley didn't start after totaling 24 points on 10 of 35 shooting in his three previous games.