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Clippers extend home winning streak to 9 by beating Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nearly a quarter of the way into their season, Danilo Gallinari and the Los Angeles Clippers are the surprise leaders in the Western Conference.

Gallinari was one of three Clippers to record a double-double as they won their ninth straight home game, defeating the Phoenix Suns 115-99 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles improved to 14-6, which ties the fourth-best record after 20 games in franchise history. Along with being the surprise leaders in the West, the Clippers own the NBA's longest active home winning streak and have won 10 of their last 12 overall.

''We have a lot of confidence. We know what we can do,'' said Gallinari, who matched his season high with 28 points and grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds. ''We are happy but it is just the beginning. It is such a long marathon that the record we have now doesn't mean anything. It's just November.''

Lou Williams scored 20 points while Tobias Harris (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Boban Marjanovic (12 points, 12 rebounds) also notched double-doubles for the Clippers, who outrebounded the Suns 56-34 but committed 21 turnovers.

''It was not a great night except for winning the game,'' coach Doc Rivers said. ''It was one of those games where we didn't execute well. You're going to have games like this but when you win them, they're forgivable.''

The game was tied 49-all at halftime before Los Angeles took control with a 20-4 run over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter to go up 83-63. Gallinari scored 12 of the first 15 points during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Los Angeles was 11 of 17 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. The Clippers also went 13 of 15 from the foul line as they outscored Phoenix 40-25 in the quarter.

''The third quarter was brutal. We couldn't find the rhythm and the stops. We were taking individual action, which isn't the way to win,'' Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.

Phoenix, off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-17, pulled to 104-93 on Deandre Ayton's reverse layup with four minutes remaining but could not get any closer.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 23 points and Elie Okobo added 19.

TIP-INS

Suns: T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson each scored 15. ... Ayton, the top pick in this year's NBA draft, had a season-low four points but led the team in rebounds with nine. ... Richaun Holmes came off the bench to score 10 points. ... This was the first time in five games Phoenix did not have the lead going into the fourth quarter. ... The Suns are 0-2 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... G Isaiah Canaan was waived. He appeared in 19 games and averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 assists. Kokoskov said it ''was a business decision but I feel good about his future.'' Canaan began the season as the team's starting point guard before Kokoskov moved Booker to the point and inserted rookie Mikal Bridges into the starting lineup.

Clippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. ... Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 13 points. ... Los Angeles has won nine straight against the Suns, dating to the start of the 2016-17 season. It is the club's second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent - the Clippers have won 10 in a row vs. Orlando. ... F Marcin Gortat did not play due to back spasms. ... F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) and G Jerome Robinson (strained right foot) were inactive.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Orlando on Friday.

Clippers: Play at Sacramento on Thursday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
T. Harris
34 SF
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
21.5 Pts. Per Game 21.5
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
8.7 Reb. Per Game 8.7
44.0 Field Goal % 52.2
43.6 Three Point % 52.4
84.2 Free Throw % 81.8
  Out of bounds turnover on Sindarius Thornwell 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Sindarius Thornwell 0:04
  Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren 0:27
  Danilo Gallinari missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
+ 1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
  Personal foul on Mikal Bridges 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris 1:05
  Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
  Team rebound 1:18
  Danilo Gallinari missed layup 1:18
Team Stats
Points 99 115
Field Goals 39-89 (43.8%) 40-86 (46.5%)
3-Pointers 8-26 (30.8%) 11-21 (52.4%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 24-32 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 65
Offensive 7 18
Defensive 27 38
Team 10 9
Assists 20 21
Steals 17 6
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 16 21
Fouls 24 17
Technicals 0 1
23 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
28 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Suns 4-17 2227252599
home team logo Clippers 14-6 26234026115
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 4-17 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Clippers 14-6 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
D. Booker SG 26.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 6.8 APG 46.7 FG%
D. Gallinari SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker SG 23 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
D. Gallinari SF 28 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
43.8 FG% 46.5
30.8 3PT FG% 52.4
72.2 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 23 4 4 9/21 1/6 4/4 3 35 1 0 3 0 4 -20 33
T. Warren 15 1 2 6/14 3/6 0/1 1 33 2 1 2 0 1 -17 21
T. Ariza 8 7 4 3/12 1/6 1/2 2 39 2 0 2 3 4 -17 23
D. Ayton 4 9 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 5 30 2 3 2 2 7 -16 16
M. Bridges 2 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 15 1 0 1 0 0 -13 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 23 4 4 9/21 1/6 4/4 3 35 1 0 3 0 4 -20 33
T. Warren 15 1 2 6/14 3/6 0/1 1 33 2 1 2 0 1 -17 21
T. Ariza 8 7 4 3/12 1/6 1/2 2 39 2 0 2 3 4 -17 23
D. Ayton 4 9 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 5 30 2 3 2 2 7 -16 16
M. Bridges 2 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 15 1 0 1 0 0 -13 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Okobo 19 2 4 8/12 3/5 0/0 3 31 3 0 3 0 2 -5 29
J. Jackson 15 7 1 6/10 0/1 3/3 5 19 2 0 1 2 5 +1 25
R. Holmes 10 4 1 4/6 0/0 2/3 2 17 4 2 0 0 4 0 22
J. Crawford 3 0 4 1/7 0/2 1/3 1 16 0 0 2 0 0 +7 9
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Canaan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 34 20 39/89 8/26 13/18 24 235 17 6 16 7 27 -80 180
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 28 10 4 7/10 4/4 10/12 1 33 1 2 1 1 9 +27 48
T. Harris 18 10 3 7/15 3/6 1/2 0 34 0 0 4 0 10 +24 30
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 13 7 6 5/11 2/2 1/2 0 28 1 1 4 3 4 +24 30
B. Marjanovic 12 12 1 3/6 0/0 6/6 2 19 0 0 2 8 4 +21 24
A. Bradley 0 2 0 0/7 0/2 0/0 3 28 0 2 1 0 2 +26 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 28 10 4 7/10 4/4 10/12 1 33 1 2 1 1 9 +27 48
T. Harris 18 10 3 7/15 3/6 1/2 0 34 0 0 4 0 10 +24 30
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 13 7 6 5/11 2/2 1/2 0 28 1 1 4 3 4 +24 30
B. Marjanovic 12 12 1 3/6 0/0 6/6 2 19 0 0 2 8 4 +21 24
A. Bradley 0 2 0 0/7 0/2 0/0 3 28 0 2 1 0 2 +26 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 20 4 3 6/14 2/3 6/7 1 22 2 0 4 2 2 -14 28
M. Harrell 18 6 3 9/14 0/0 0/3 3 28 1 2 1 4 2 -5 32
P. Beverley 2 1 0 1/6 0/4 0/0 5 17 1 0 2 0 1 -8 2
M. Scott 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 2 -11 4
S. Thornwell 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 2 0 2 -4 4
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gortat - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 56 21 40/86 11/21 24/32 17 235 6 7 21 18 38 +80 205