Clippers beat Suns 126-101 for record 50th win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2013 at 1:16 am •  Published: April 4, 2013
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Griffin and Phoenix teammates P.J. Tucker and O'Neal had to be separated at one point after they tangled with Griffin while double-teaming him.

The bad blood didn't stop there.

With 8:57 left in the game and the Clippers starters on the bench, Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer and Ryan Hollins put his left arm around Dragic's neck as they scrambled for position under the basket. Their momentum carried them over to the Suns' bench, with Hollins keeping Dragic in a headlock before shoving him and Michael Beasley shouting at Hollins in the tangle of players.

Lamar Odom pulled on Hollins' jersey to get him away. After the referees reviewed the play, Hollins was called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected, while Beasley received a technical.

"It was just a quick play in the heat of the moment," Hollins said. "I definitely didn't have intent to hurt and I don't think he did, either."

In the first quarter, Griffin and Tucker received double technicals.

"Ryan had a nice 45 seconds there when he and Goran Dragic almost had a WWE battle," Jordan joked.

The Clippers dominated the paint with a season-high 72 points to Phoenix's 32, and had a 25-11 edge in fast break points.

"We played fast, we got tempo up and got some stops," Paul said. "We forced 19 turnovers and only had six ourselves."

Los Angeles opened the game on a 15-0 run for its largest lead of the half. The Suns twice got within two points on baskets by Beasley, but the Clippers used a 10-5 spurt, including six free throws by Paul, to lead 57-50 at the break.

"To come out and give up 15 points without them executing one single play is embarrassing," Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter said.

NOTES: The Clippers, Memphis and Charlotte are the only teams in NBA history that have yet to win a division crown. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups missed his fourth straight game with a strained right groin. ... The Suns play four of their final seven games on the road, where they are 7-30. .. The Clippers won the season series, 3-1. ... Crawford has made 33 straight free throws since Feb. 23. He set the franchise record of 58 in a row earlier this season.



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