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Clippers use Griffin's 37 points _ 22 in 1st quarter _ to beat Suns for 8th straight win

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green (34) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green (34) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) pulls down a pass over Los Angeles Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu, left, of Turkey during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) pulls down a pass over Los Angeles Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu, left, of Turkey during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) steals the ball away from Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris, center, with Clippers forward Danny Granger, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) steals the ball away from Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris, center, with Clippers forward Danny Granger, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

Darren Collison scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 11 assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who were 55.1 percent from the field and improved to 23-1 when shooting at least 50 percent.

Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-game behind idle Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and are 1 1-2 behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn't made the postseason since 2010 under coach Alvin Gentry, now a Clippers associate head coach.