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Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117

PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers made quick work of the Phoenix Suns, very quick.

Five minutes into the game, the Clippers led 19-0 and the staggering Suns never recovered.

Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes - including a 23-point second quarter - and the Clippers and handed the Suns their eighth loss in a row, 128-117 on Friday night.

Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers. They have won eight of 11.

Los Angeles shot 63 percent in a 79-point first half, the franchise's highest-scoring half since the then-San Diego Clippers scored 87 against Utah 34 years ago.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers likes what he's seen out of his retooled squad.

''Everybody trusts everybody,'' he said. ''We kind have this feed the pig principle and if one guy gets going you stay with him.''

Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 27 apiece for the Suns, who have dropped 13 of their last 14 and 18 of their last 21 games. Alex Len had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The 19-0 start to a game was the most on record for the Clippers and most for any team since Washington scored the first 20 against Brooklyn last April 11.

Los Angeles' 79 points at the half were the most since the then-San Diego Clippers scored a franchise-record 87 against Utah on April 14, 1984.

''That was great,'' Rivers said. ''When you give yourself a cushion like that you can play awful in the third quarter and still win by a lot.''

Phoenix never cut the lead to single digits after that 19-0 start.

''When we get a lead like that you get in a little comfort zone but for us to get to where we want to get you can't fall in that trap,'' Harris said. ''We got to stay with it every single night, every single minute.''

Josh Jackson, who scored 19 points in the game, finally ended the drought with a driving layup with 7:09 to play in the quarter.

''Inexcusable,'' Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. ''We knew that they're an iso (isolate) team and they were going to put it down and drive it right at us and they did and we couldn't keep anyone in front of us.''

Triano said his young team practices harder than it plays.

''Why do we practice against each other harder than we play in front of 15,000 people?'' he said. ''We practice downstairs, we'll kill each other, we jump in front, we do everything. When the lights come on, I don't know if it's nerves, fear, experience, we just back up, back up and give in.''

Austin Rivers' step-back 3-pointer was the final basket of the first quarter and Los Angeles led 40-18.

That's when Williams heated up. After taking two shots, and missing them, in the first quarter, the scoring machine off the Clippers bench scored 23 in 23 minutes in the second quarter, making 9 of 12 shots, 3 of 5 3s.

Williams scored 16 in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the first half. His 16-foot fadeaway jumper with three seconds left gave Los Angeles its biggest lead of the night, 79-50, at the half.

Phoenix cut it to 15 in the third quarter, 87-72, on Len's 13-footer with 3:20 left.

The closest the Suns got after that was the final 11-point margin.

''We can't come out with mindset here we have to get punched in the face and then fight back,'' Booker said. ''We've got to be the aggressors.''

TIP INS

Clippers: Los Angeles has won seven straight over the Suns and 16 of the last 18. ... Williams and Harris were second Clippers duo to top 20 points apiece in same games. Williams and Rivers have done it twice. ... Los Angeles won on second night of back-to-back games for only second time this season. ... Williams is on pace to be the highest-scoring reserve in the NBA since at least 1983-84, when the Suns' Eddie Johnson averaged 21.5 and won NBA Sixth Man Award.

Suns: C Tyson Chandler (neck) did not play. ... Signed G Shaq Harrison to a 10-day contract. .... After the first five minutes of the game, Suns outscored Clippers 117-109. ... Phoenix remains tied with Atlanta for most losses in NBA at 42.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Denver on Tuesday night.

Suns: Host Portland on Saturday night.

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Key Players
L. Williams
23 SG
E. Payton
2 PG
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.2 Field Goal % 52.3
43.9 Three Point % 52.2
89.6 Free Throw % 65.1
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
+ 2 Elfrid Payton made layup 0:28
+ 1 Lou Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
  Lou Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Team rebound 0:32
  Personal foul on T.J. Warren 0:32
  Offensive rebound by Alex Len 0:40
+ 2 Alex Len made dunk 0:40
  Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
+ 2 Austin Rivers made driving layup 0:55
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
Team Stats
Points 128 117
Field Goals 45-87 (51.7%) 45-103 (43.7%)
3-Pointers 14-32 (43.8%) 9-31 (29.0%)
Free Throws 24-32 (75.0%) 18-31 (58.1%)
Total Rebounds 63 58
Offensive 8 16
Defensive 43 32
Team 12 10
Assists 23 22
Steals 5 12
Blocks 8 5
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 26 25
Technicals 1 1
30 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
27 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Clippers 31-27 40391633128
home team logo Suns 18-42 18322839117
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 31-27 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 18-42 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Williams SG 22.6 PPG 2.5 RPG 5.3 APG 43.5 FG%
T. Warren SF 19.6 PPG 5.1 RPG 1.3 APG 49.8 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Williams SG 35 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
T. Warren SF 27 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
51.7 FG% 43.7
43.8 3PT FG% 29.0
75.0 FT% 58.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 35 30 12 4 1 2 1 4 10/15 5/7 5/6 0 12 52 +13
A. Rivers 36 17 2 6 0 0 4 5 6/11 3/7 2/2 0 2 27 +8
T. Wallace 36 15 8 4 0 1 1 5 6/13 1/2 2/4 2 6 31 +9
D. Jordan 26 11 13 2 1 2 0 3 3/5 0/0 5/8 0 13 31 +15
W. Johnson 20 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 +21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 35 30 12 4 1 2 1 4 10/15 5/7 5/6 0 12 52 +13
A. Rivers 36 17 2 6 0 0 4 5 6/11 3/7 2/2 0 2 27 +8
T. Wallace 36 15 8 4 0 1 1 5 6/13 1/2 2/4 2 6 31 +9
D. Jordan 26 11 13 2 1 2 0 3 3/5 0/0 5/8 0 13 31 +15
W. Johnson 20 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 +21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 32 35 3 4 1 0 6 0 12/20 3/7 8/9 1 2 41 -2
M. Harrell 21 12 5 1 0 2 0 3 5/11 0/1 2/3 3 2 21 -2
M. Teodosic 17 3 5 2 0 0 4 4 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 4 8 -3
S. Dekker 12 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 6 -2
S. Thornwell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 128 51 23 5 8 16 26 45/87 14/32 24/32 8 43 222 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 34 27 8 1 2 0 1 2 11/23 1/2 4/4 3 5 38 -6
D. Booker 37 27 1 4 0 0 4 3 7/20 2/9 11/13 1 0 32 -3
A. Len 24 14 13 1 1 1 0 2 7/9 0/0 0/7 4 9 31 -12
E. Payton 29 10 4 6 3 0 1 2 5/11 0/2 0/0 1 3 28 -14
D. Bender 29 3 7 1 1 2 1 3 1/6 0/3 1/2 1 6 14 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 34 27 8 1 2 0 1 2 11/23 1/2 4/4 3 5 38 -6
D. Booker 37 27 1 4 0 0 4 3 7/20 2/9 11/13 1 0 32 -3
A. Len 24 14 13 1 1 1 0 2 7/9 0/0 0/7 4 9 31 -12
E. Payton 29 10 4 6 3 0 1 2 5/11 0/2 0/0 1 3 28 -14
D. Bender 29 3 7 1 1 2 1 3 1/6 0/3 1/2 1 6 14 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 23 19 7 3 0 0 2 6 8/18 1/3 2/3 3 4 30 -9
T. Daniels 24 17 3 0 1 1 0 3 6/11 5/10 0/0 1 2 22 -3
J. Dudley 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +8
M. Chriss 12 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 0/5 0/2 0/2 2 1 4 -4
S. Harrison 13 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 14 +1
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 117 48 22 12 5 10 25 45/103 9/31 18/31 16 32 216 -55