The Suns fought back hard in the 2nd quarter after a slow start, and tried to come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth as well, but they got sloppy down the stretch and it cost them the game.
The Phoenix Suns begin the game with their starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Alex Len. The Los Angeles Clippers begin with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
Suns have missed their first three shots...but so have Clippers.
Alex Len is the first to get on the board, followed by Markieff.
Len picked up his first foul on Jordan...even though DeAndre missed both FT's, he's going to have to be careful with Wright out.
Beautiful feed from Bledsoe to Len for the THUNDEROUS dunk!!!
Another great feed from Bledsoe off bounce pass for Markieff dunk.
J.J. Redick can shoot. #newsflash
Suns down 13-10 halfway through the first quarter. Suns playing aggressive but Clippers also getting to the rim.
When Blake Griffin is hitting his jumpshots, there's not a lot you can do to guard him
Miles Plumlee and Isaiah Thomas enter the game for Goran Dragic and Alex Len
Bledsoe is soooo quick cutting through the defense. Jordan made a nice attempt on blocking but it was too late. #countthebasket
Miles had Spencer Hawes dead to rights...but gave him too much respect going soft instead of putting it in the basket.
Suns trail the Clippers 23-16 at the end of the first quarter. Slow starts are nothing new for PHX, but they need to pull together quickly.
Phoenix shot only 33% in the first quarter compared to Clippers' 44%. Suns being out-rebounded 19-13.
Dragic missed a wide open Plumlee under the basket twice on that possession.
Big Baby isn't fast enough to keep up with Plumlee cutting to the basket...something Suns should watch for.
This is the Suns opportunity to make a run with Clippers bench in the game, but so far they aren't capitalizing.
Austin Rivers made a jumpshot. #drink
Marcus Morris is the only hot hand right now it seems for Suns...He now has 11.
Alex Len is back in the game now...so is DeAndre.
Dragic scores on a full court sprint as he weaves through the defense
Isaiah with a three that brings the Suns back within 5 points about halfway through the 2nd quarter.
Blake Griffin with nice move to get free for dunk. Markieff gets him back with a finesse layup on other end.
Matt Barnes complained about a call and got a technical. #drink
Chris Paul shouldn't try to defend Alex Len.
Ghost foul. #drink
Bledsoe will not be denied! And-one for mini-LeBron.
Bledsoe three and the Suns re-take the lead! But J.J. Redick answers back. Clips back up one.
Suns crowd is now loud and engaged after a quiet start...Definitely helping to provide a spark and energy during Suns' surge.
Markieff found Len at the rim for another big dunk. Then Paul fouls Dragic and tries to help Goran off, Dragic angrily swings his arm away from him.
Things starting to get a little chippy now...it was only a matter of time.
Len now has 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Suns lead Clippers 57-55 at the half. Suns now shooting 49%, same for Clippers. Alex Len is the leading scorer for the Suns with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blks. He's had an impressive first half on both ends of the floor
Blake Griffin still shooting and making shots. He hits the first of the 2nd half to tie the game.
Markieff Morris gets a tech for arguing with Barnes...But that's not a benchable offense.
Alex Len still dunking everything.
Another beautiful drive and score by Bledsoe...too quick, too strong.
Suns falling a little flat here...Need to regroup. Timeout.
Alex Len goes for the Dunk, gets fouled and puts it back, but no basket. He only hits 1/2. Should have counted the shot.
Chris Paul can't believe he was called for a foul. #drink
Suns in the penalty already...Chris Paul going to the line.
Suns have to be careful here...the game is starting to get away from them with the Clippers now up 79-70 with 3 min remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Suns down 13 now after two back-to-back three pointers by Spencer Hawes.
Blake Griffin reportedly yelling "Don't cry, P.J." as team huddles in timeout....Yeah.
J.J. Redick with a 3rd quarter buzzer beater that rims around before falling at the end of the quarter...Suns now down 12.
Suns down 89-77 at the end of the third quarter. Phoenix needs to make a big run in the 4th to take control.
The Suns are still missing their shots to start the fourth.
Big Baby just crushed a fan in the front row...
P.J. Tucker hits a three-pointer to get the Suns back within eight early in the 4th.
Isaiah with a nice floater at the rim.
Suns cut the lead to 4 with another big three from Isaiah.
Gerald suckered into a foul by the savvy vet, Jamal Crawford.
Four-Point possession. Suns allow rebound on Crawford missed FT. Three by Paul.
Thomas with another three keeping Suns alive
Isaiah then Green hit back-to-back threes and the crowd explodes!!! Suns down only 2 points. Time out Clippers with 7 minutes remaining.
Plumlee iso is not the ideal play there.
Suns falling behind again. Clippers hitting their shots...Suns aren't.
Bledsoe goes 0-2 from the line...Not good when trying to make a double-digit comeback under 5 minutes to go.
Suns have completely fallen apart now. Down 17 when they had cut the lead to just two.
Suns fans are exiting the building with 4 minutes left.
Phoenix is resorting to fouling DeAndre Jordan on every possession, and it's only barely making a difference, as even he is hitting crazy free throws off the backboard.
Suns are waiving the white flag as Goodwin, Warren, Bullock, Zoran, and Plumlee check in with 2 minutes left
The Suns dropped their second home loss in a row, after starting off 4-0. Phoenix has two home games left against Washington and Chicago before heading back on the road to play Golden State and Utah.
Next game against the Wizards is this Wednesday...Better luck next time.
The Phoenix Suns' Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren looked strong in their two games this weekend with the Jam.
Despite not getting many minutes at the NBA level, as the Suns hunt for a playoff spot, Warren and Ennis absolutely dominated in Bakersfield this weekend. The two looked more comfortable on the court together than they have all season and put up a fantastic stat line, helping the Jam to two important wins.
Both players looked good, but Warren's performance was on a different level in both games this weekend.
In the first game, against the Idaho Stampede, Warren was the star of the show, with 34 points, 3 steals and 3 rebounds on a very healthy 16/26 shooting number. Warren's rebounding effort could have been better, but generally his defensive presence was felt, as the starting forwards for the Stampede, Tyrel Tate and Joel Wright, combined for just 27 points on 13/27 shooting. They did have a large rebounding edge, however, with Wright nabbing 4 offensive rebounds.
It was more of the same for Warren in the second game (also against the Stampede) as he again went for 34 points, this time on 13/24 shooting with 8 rebounds. If anything, he looked better with his rotations on the defensive end in this game, which is encouraging.
Ennis' play wasn't quite as spectacular as Warren's, but still impressive nonetheless and probably his best play in the D-League so far. In the first game, Ennis had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and two steals. He was super efficient, hitting 7/11 including 3/5 from beyond the arc. His defense was at times suspect this game, as the opposing guards were able to score from the perimeter without too much opposition. But his penetration defense was better than it has looked in the past.
The second game was Ennis' best of the season so far, as he put up 29 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. The efficiency this game was somewhat reduced, as Ennis hit just 2/7 three pointers, but the bright side of that is that he looked a lot more comfortable penetrating and in the pick and roll game. It was also a sloppier game for Ennis, who picked up 5 fouls and had 3 turnovers. The turnovers aren't terribly indicting - they're more common in D-League play than in the NBA - but 5 fouls on a guard at this level isn't a good thing. Judging by the results, however, the fouls worked: the backcourt for the Stampede was far less efficient in this game than the previous.
Warren and Ennis have been recalled by the Suns, and they will re-join the team today.
The Jam's next game is on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. The game will be broadcast live on YouTube.