1. A defense that had been Pro Bowl-worthy got the stops it needed. The Clippers gave up 41 points in the second quarter and were surrendering baskets in a hurry to start the fourth before the starters re-entered and things improved. The Clippers went on a 15-0 run and held the Suns to only one field goal over the game's final 7:30.
3. Talking it out continues to help the Clippers. The chatter level went up again in response to things good and bad, the Clippers praising each other as well as chiding when necessary. No one seems to be taking anything personal as they all are striving for the same goal. "If there's a problem, we're going to get on each other about it," Jordan said. "Ultimately, it's something that's going to help us later on down the road. It's not good to hold it in or not say something that you see is going wrong, guards and bigs and coaches too. So it's just a learning experience every game."