LA Clippers outlast Phoenix Suns, referees

first_imgAt the end of the quarter, Griffin had 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, exhausted from a massive workload in just his third game.But even with Griffin’s brilliance, the Clippers couldn’t pull away from Phoenix.Despite holding the Suns to less than 40 percent shooting for most of the game, the Clippers could never hold a comfortable lead. The Suns relentlessly attacked the offensive glass, out-scoring the Clippers 22-to-11 on second-chance points.The rebounding problems looked like they would get even worse when Jordan was sent off the court after fouling Phoenix’s Marquese Chriss as the rookie streaked to the rim. After Jordan made contact, Chriss hit the floor hard, and after review, ruled the play a flagrant 2 – which results in an automatic ejection.“I didn’t agree with it all,” Jordan said. “…I don’t want get fined, but I’m 6-11, 280 pounds. If I flagrant 2 somebody, they’re probably not going to get up afterwards. “In the aftermath of Jordan’s tossing, the Clippers grew increasingly frustrated with the officiating. The relatively calm assistant Armond Hill even got called for a technical foul – even while sitting a row behind the Clipper bench.The Suns eventually would get within two points, with ex-Clipper Eric Bledsoe scoring a game-high 41, but the Clippers settled down in the game’s most important moments.Griffin drew a flagrant foul by hustling down the court in transition, seemingly taking a shot to the shorts in the process. Raymond Felton scored seven of his 16 points in the fourth, and Brandon Bass came off the bench to score three big baskets.But Griffin’s return, showcasing the explosion, timing and skill that made him a star, was the biggest takeaway. He ended the night with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists.And when he’s playing like that, the whistles and the rivalries don’t matter quite as much.“This was the best Blake today, by far,” Rivers said. “He played in different gears. He knew when to go and when not to.” “These are the games you love when you win because it’s unconventional,” Doc Rivers said. “…It was just a good win for us.”Before the game became as much about the refs as the players, Blake Griffin looked like any rust accumulated from the month he missed had fully shaken off.In the first quarter, Griffin was every bit the dynamic player he’s been throughout his career, throwing down thunderous dunks, acrobatic lay-ins and ridiculous passes.One, a strike to J.J. Redick, Griffin even bounced from behind his back through his legs.“I didn’t think I had the right angle … I was just going to bring it out, but I saw J.J. cut and I just let it fly,” Griffin said. “It was one of those ones, if it was a turnovers, it would look really, really bad. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PHOENIX >> The Lakers and the Celtics. The Bulls and the Pistons. The Cavaliers and the Warriors. The Clippers and the referees.Some of the best rivalries in sports have taken place on NBA courts.Wednesday in the latest chapter of one of the Clippers’ biggest rivalries, DeAndre Jordan got ejected, an assistant coach got a technical foul from the second row and players and coaches looked stunned as each whistle seemed to bother them more than the next.But the Clippers never got too bothered, never got too caught up in the whistles, and snapped a two-game losing streak with a tip-to-buzzer 124-114 win in Phoenix against the Suns.last_img