Dragic helps shoot down Clippers
LAS VEGAS -- The Phoenix Suns (3-2) claimed the final game in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS from the Thomas & Mack Center. The Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by an 87-70 score.
Prior to tip-off Los Angeles' Blake Griffin, the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, was awarded the Summer League's Most Outstanding Player. Griffin wound up leading the Clippers in scoring for the game with 16 points, while pitching in eight rebounds.
The game only featured one lead change, which came at 3:37 of the first quarter, and one brotherly matchup. Blake was joined on the court by his older brother, Taylor, who played with him at the University of Oklahoma the past two years. This was the first time that the Griffins wore opposing uniforms in an organized basketball game. Taylor notched four points and six boards for Phoenix.
The Clippers began the game with a 9-4 advantage just 2:10 into the game. The Suns turned things around with 7:29 remaining in the quarter flipping a five-point deficit into a four-point lead, 17-13, over 4:16. Phoenix, ultimately, ended the first 10 minutes with a seven-point advantage at 24-17.
Phoenix opened up the second with a three by Carlos Powell to push its lead to 10. Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the Suns' lead and pulled within one at 31-30 with help from a 6-0 run over 1:24. The Clippers' offense turned things around shortly thereafter and amassed two different eight-point leads with the last coming at the break, 43-45.
The third quarter witnessed the Suns stake out to 12 points on two occasions. The Clippers pulled within three with a 9-0 run early in the stanza only to watch Phoenix run off a 9-0 run of its own. Los Angeles wound up outscoring Phoenix 17-16 to trail by seven after 30 minutes of action.
Phoenix began the final quarter with a 12-point lead following a trey by Kaspars Berzins. The Clippers never pulled within single digits again, as the Suns reached the 20-point barrier with 3:15 left in the game before winning by 17, 87-70.
On a side note, the Griffins were not the only set of NBA brothers in the house, as Lopez's twin brother, Brook, was in attendance sitting in "Gucci Row" courtside. Brook plays professional for the New Jersey Nets.