Clippers 119-114 win secures them the No.5 playoff spot in the West
The Los Angeles Clippers add to their two-game winning streak, beating the Phoenix Suns in an early game on Easter Sunday. Doing so, they locked in the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference and will be facing the Suns once again in the first-round of playoffs.
It was a difficult win to say the least as the Clippers struggled all game to keep up with the Suns, who were without four of their five starters. "I don’t know, I ain’t talking about this game —We in the playoffs, I want to focus on that,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’ve been having break downs these last couple weeks, we haven’t been sharp defensively,” he added.
Norman Powell led Los Angeles with 29 points coming off the bench, Kawhi Leonard and Russel Westbrook each had 25 points. Bones Hyland added 11 points. The Clippers got out scored the majority of the game up until third quarter, finding some momentum to keep it close. With some frustration still obvious on the Los Angeles bench, an argument sparked between Bones Hyland and Mason Plumlee getting in each other's faces shortly after.
Los Angeles rallied and took a five-point lead with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and never looked back. Leonard makes a driving lay-up with 19.1 seconds left to finish off the game.
The Suns played competitively with Saben Lee leading the team and having a career-high 25 points and 10 assists. Darius Bazley scored 16 points and had nine rebounds, Jock Landale added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Heading into playoffs they plan to carry on their momentum as they prepare for game 1 against the Phoenix suns.