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                         === Suns throttle Clippers ===
 
 Los  Angeles,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Phoenix Suns continued to impress
 Monday with a 107-88 throttling of the Clippers in Los Angeles.
 
 Goran  Dragic  provided 26 points, eight  assists and five steals while Gerald
 Green made five of the Suns' 12 3-pointers en route to a 21-point effort.
 
 Phoenix  had five  players score  in double  figures --  with P.J.  Tucker and
 Channing Frye each donating 12 -- and essentially led wire-to-wire in its 10th
 win in its last 12 games.
 
 Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points apiece and Chris Paul had 11
 with  seven assists,  but the  triumvirate  combined to  shoot 14-of-42  (33.3
 percent) from the floor in the setback.
 
 "They  were  so much  tougher than  us," Clippers head  coach Doc Rivers said.
 "They  played their game  and we didn't play ours. They were a lot tougher and
 we had no fight back tonight."
 
 The Clippers sported a proud 13-2 home record coming in and had not trailed by
 more than 14 points at any juncture in Staples Center.
 
 On Monday, the Suns led by 21 at halftime.
 
 Dragic started the game with a dunk off a turnover as Phoenix scored the first
 nine points and held a 30-24 lead heading into the second quarter.
 
 "Our  job  was to come out  strong and force  them to play our rhythm," Dragic
 said.
 
 Green scored 14 points in the second, including nine during a half-ending 16-4
 flurry that pushed Phoenix's advantage to 61-40.
 
 The  Clippers connected on just 30.4 percent from the field over the first two
 quarters,  and  while they shot  slightly better in  the third, the Suns still
 controlled play and extended their lead to as many as 29.
 
 Both  teams  emptied their benches  in the fourth  quarter with the outcome no
 longer in doubt.
 
                                  Game Notes
 
 The  Suns won 10 games in December for the first time since the 2007-08 season
 ...  The Clippers  have dropped three of four overall ... Los Angeles' DeAndre
 Jordan  pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds ... The Clippers shot 36.5 percent
 from  the field ... Markieff Morris rounded out Phoenix's leading scorers with
 11 points to go with 12 rebounds.
 
 
 12/31 01:29:55 ET