PHOENIX — Ever since training camp head coach Alvin Gentry has preached that the Suns must improve enough defensively to survive cold shooting nights. The Suns are four games below .500 because...

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Channing Frye was the player of the game! Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The first half of the game was U-G-L-Y. The Phoenix Suns scored a season-low 32 points in the first half. 32 points. That used to be the 6-minute mark of the first quarter in their heyday.

But the Suns did not hang their heads, did not encourage the Clippers to get excited about themselves, and found a way to keep the game within 3 points at halftime despite 29.5% shooting.

The third quarter was the Suns' only good offensive quarter of the game. Grant Hill was a BAMF once again. That third-quarter sequence when the game was tied where he blocked Griffin then made a pull-up jumper on the other end... BAMF!

Then the fourth happened. The Suns reverted to the first-half team for a bit, then finally closed it out with a block party. Jared Dudley had a block. Gortat got a putback. Steve Nash had a block. Channing Frye and Marcin Gortat gobbled up almost every rebound. Then Gortat had a block! And then JD made 2 free throws to ice it before a final block by Hill. Phew!

Channing Frye was the player of the game. He dramatically offset his 2-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and physical, stifling effective defense on Blake Griffin.

Enjoy the win, folks!

Suns are starting to show some moxie!

You know, if we actually MAKE some shots we might have a chance in this thing...

Unbelievable how bad the Suns are shooting tonight. I mean, come on really?

The good news? Suns are within 3 points, despite awful shooting - close and far away equally bad. A little better shooting and this game belong to the Suns.

Is Grant Hill entering the final stretch of games in his brilliant career? Perhaps. Let's see him follow last night's performance with lockdown defense of that young whippersnapper Blake Griffin.

At the end of the day, they're still the Clippers.

One, two, you know what to do.......

Phoenix Suns 81, Los Angeles Clippers 78 PHOENIX — Upsets will become the name of the game if the Phoenix Suns hope to put together any semblance of a winning streak. They started the second...

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