Third Quarter Implosion is Right On Time as Clips Lose to Suns

With such global turmoil and instability, it’s nice to know there are some things we can count on to consistently come through – bipartisanship in Washington, attack ads in political contests and a dud quarter from the Clippers to ruin an otherwise nice game.

Last night’s loss to the Suns was marred by such a quarter (the third quarter in this case). The Clippers entered the second half with a one-point lead and then seemed to sit back and watch as the Suns outscored them 39-18 in the period.

Channing Frye was 7-for-10 from three-point range, with 5 of those makes coming in the second half to stretch the lead.

The Clippers’ demise was brought on by a combination of poor ball movement on offense and even worse switching on defense. The Suns seemed to realize they could make the extra pass and free someone up for an easy bucket (usually that someone was Amare Stoudemire, who led all scorers with 30 points) thanks to the Clippers’ poor defensive play.

The Clippers wrap up this homestand tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder and third-year sensation Kevin Durant before leaving for a five-game road trip.

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers Suns

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