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Clippers 126, Suns 101

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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers took off in the second half and blitzed the Phoenix Suns with a 126-101 win on Wednesday at Staples Center to claim their franchise-record 50th win.

After a solid if unspectacular first half, the Clippers waltzed over the Suns in the third quarter, using a 31-8 run to put Phoenix away.

DeAndre Jordan had 20 points to lead six Clippers in double figures. Jordan added 12 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 17 points off the bench for Los Angeles and Chris Paul, Willie Green and Caron Butler each had 15 points.

The Suns also had six players in double figures, but they shot just 46 percent from the field to the Clippers' 56 percent. Wes Johnson had 20 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points for Phoenix, which was doomed by 19 turnovers.

After a forgettable zero-point, five-rebound performance in the Clippers' last game, a 109-106 home loss to the Indiana Pacers, Jordan delivered in the first half against the Suns.

Jordan had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers built a 57-50 halftime lead following a Phoenix spurt spurred on by its bench.

Michael Beasley and O'Neal each had 10 second-quarter points for the Suns, who shot 60 percent for the quarter.

Los Angeles took control early with a balanced first quarter as 10 players saw at least two minutes of action and eight players scored at least one basket. The Clippers built a 29-19 first quarter lead, holding the Suns to 28 percent shooting.

NOTES: Chauncey Billups (groin) remains day-to-day for the Clippers. ... Channing Fry (enlarged heart) and Marcin Gortat (foot) remain out for the Suns. ... Phoenix won the last game of the season series, 93-88, on Jan. 24 in Phoenix but the Clippers still lead the season series 2-1. Los Angeles defeated the Suns twice in December after going just 1-3 against Phoenix in 2011-12 despite finishing seven games ahead in the standings. ... All three of the Suns' wins over the Clippers last year were comebacks of nine or more points. ... The Clippers are zeroing in on their first division title, which would leave the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats as the lone NBA teams without division titles. ... Los Angeles' Grant Hill was a long time member of the Suns and is the only two-time winner of the team's Dan Majerle hustle award. ... Matt Barnes and Del Negro also played for the Suns. ... Phoenix entered the game on a 5-12 streak but a surprising 4-4 record against above-.500 teams and a more surprising 1-8 record against teams under .500. ... Los Angeles entered the game three wins shy of the team record for home wins (30) in a season. ... Phoenix has won 10 games under Lindsey Hunter since he assumed the head coaching gig on Jan. 20; the combined record of the Suns' opponents in the 10 wins is 391-333. ... Jamal Crawford ranks third in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
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