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                  === Griffin, Clippers play host to Suns ===
 ( - Blake Griffin has been on a tear of late and will try to
 lead the Los Angeles Clippers to another win Monday versus the Phoenix Suns at
 Staples Center.
 Griffin has scored at least 35 points in his last two games and has reached
 the 30-point mark three times in the last four contests. He had 40 points and
 10 rebounds in Saturday's 98-90 win over the Jazz and has posted six straight
 Chris Paul nearly registered a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and
 nine assists for the Clippers, who have now defeated the Jazz seven straight
 times and are 8-3 in their last 11 games.
 "I think Blake's confidence is high right now," said Paul. "He's fun to watch.
 Blake works hard day in and day out."
 The Clippers are 13-2 at home and will also welcome Charlotte to town on this
 three-game homestand.
 Phoenix has won nine of its last 11 games and recorded a 115-101 victory over
 the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
 Miles Plumlee had a career-high 22 points with 13 rebounds, while Goran Dragic
 had 21 points, Eric Bledsoe scored 20 and Marcus Morris added 18 off the bench
 for the Suns, who bounced back from a 29-point road loss to the Golden State
 Warriors on Friday.
 "It was not a pretty game but in the end we'll take the win every day," said
 The Suns are 7-7 away from the desert and dropped three of four meetings with
 the Clippers last season. Phoenix, though, is 15-5 in the past 20 matchups
 with the Clippers and has won six of 10 games as the guest in this series.
 12/30 11:18:31 ET