LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Norman Powell scored 24 points after being out for two months, Paul George added 19 points in three quarters to go over 15,000 in his career, and the Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Took the lead 113-109. Night.
With nothing at stake, Phoenix rested All-Star guards Devin Booker and Chris Paul and fellow starters Deandre Ayton and Jay Crowder on the second night of back-to-back. The Sons had already set a franchise record for wins in the season with 63 in the first season, taking the Lakers out of the playoff race on Tuesday.
The Clippers beat the Suns in three quarters, a 39-point lead in the third. But Phoenix’s reserves put together a 48-point fourth quarter and then timed out.
Cameron Payne hit a 3-pointer that drew Sun to within four with 10 seconds remaining. Amir Coffey was fouled and both made free throws to secure the win.
Ish Wainwright scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Phoenix. Aaron Holiday added 16 points and Bismac Biombo had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The only starter in the double digits was Payne with 13 points. The Sons Bench put the Clippers’ stock ahead 66-58.
George and Powell were playing together for the first time this season, but they quickly synced up to help the Clippers win for a third time in a row. They are in eighth place for next week’s Western Conference play-in tournament.
George has played five of the six matches since returning from the torn UCL. Powell has lost 21 games to a leg injury. He played just three games with the team before getting injured shortly after the takeover in a trade to Portland.
George scored 10 of his team’s first 14 points to start the game. Powell first came late in the first quarter and hit a jumper.
They started the second quarter together. Powell hit a 3-pointer and a jumper after another, then George found him for another 3-pointer as part of a 22-0 run.
The Sun’s first point didn’t come until 6:49, when former Clippers Landry Schmet hit a 3-pointer.
The Clippers entered halftime with a 60-31 lead in the second to lead Surya 34-9.
Ivica Zubac had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers.
Sons: His 31 points in the first half were the lowest allowed by the Clippers in half of this season. … JaVale McGee led a rolling, inexplicable huddle in the tunnel before the Suns warmed up the court. … The Jenner sisters, Kylie and Kendall, who date Booker, sat in front of the team bench.
Clippers: Split season series, 2-2. … a moment of silence was held for two-time NBA Coach of the Year, Jean Shu, who had two separate stints guiding the Clippers. He died earlier this week at the age of 90. … Hall of Famer and Clippers executive Jerry West posed at halftime with Grammy nominee Sauvette, who wore bright pink hair. … Hall of Famer Scotty Pippen sitting in front of the court.
Sun: Visit Utah on Friday.
The Clippers: Host Sacramento on Saturday in the first game of back-to-back.
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