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Clippers go back to the basics on defense in their four-game winning streak

Clippers go back to the basics on defense in their four-game winning streak

It began with a lock-down second half against Phoenix on Jan. 2, when the Clippers held the Suns to 40 points on 15-for-52 shooting (28.8%), and it continued through Sunday’s decisive victory over Miami.

The Clippers defense has tightened considerably since allowing an average of 110.5 points during a year-end, six-game losing streak, holding opponents to an average of 96.5 points in the first four games of 2017, all victories.

The Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Heat combined to shoot 39.9% overall (144 of 361) and 29% from three-point range (29.0%) in those games. No NBA team has held opponents to lower percentages since Jan. 1.

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