The Phoenix Suns’ incredible postseason win streak is finally over.
The Los Angeles Clippers, after falling in stunning fashion in Game 2 on Tuesday night, rallied to pick up a commanding 106-92 win over the Suns on Thursday night at the Staples Center.
The Game 3 win marked their first ever victory in the Western Conference finals, and snapped Phoenix’s nine-game win streak — which dated back to their first round series with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Clippers take off in third quarter to claim Game 3 win
Chris Paul returned to the starting lineup on Thursday after missing the Suns’ past two games due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol. The time in isolation, it seems, took a bit of a toll on his game.
Paul went 0-of-6 from the field to start the game before he finally made a shot late in the second quarter. Devin Booker, who was forced to wear a mask after taking a shot to the face in Game 2, wasn’t any better, either. The duo went a combined just 4-of-20 from the field in the first half — yet somehow the Suns took a two-point lead into the locker room.
The Clippers, though, made their move in the third. They mounted a massive 21-3 run over a nearly seven minute stretch to take full control of the game. Paul George even somehow sank a halfcourt buzzer-beater to close out the half and give them an 11-point lead headed into the final period.
The Clippers then opened the fourth quarter on a quick 9-2 run to claim an 18-point lead, their largest lead of the game. Though the Suns made one final push, using a 12-0 run to cut the game back down to just six points, a solo 5-0 run from Reggie Jackson snapped them back and allowed the Clippers to cruise to their 14-point win.
Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 18 points and nine rebounds, and both Paul and Booker finished with 15 points each while making just five field goals a piece.
George led the Clippers with a near triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Jackson added 23 points, and Ivica Zubac dropped 15 points with 16 rebounds.
Game 4 of the series is set for Saturday night in Los Angeles.
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