Five takeaways from the Clippers' 120-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
1. When Chris Paul is aggressive and looking for his shot, the Clippers are a better team.
Paul had 23 of his season-high 32 points in the second half. He had 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter that helped the Clippers put the game away. Paul was 10-for-13 from the field, five-for-six from three-point range and seven-for-eight from the free-throw line.
2. DeAndre Jordan finally was a force all over the court.
Jordan had 12 points, a season-high 18 rebounds and a season-high seven blocked shots.
He altered many shots, causing the Suns to think twice before driving down the lane.
3. When the Clippers clamp down on the defense, they can be a very good basketball team.
They held the Suns to 20 points on 27.3% shooting in the third quarter and that was a big reason the Clippers opened a 26-point lead.
For the game, the Clippers held the Suns to 38.4% shooting from the field.
4. Spencer Hawes showed his worth against the Suns.
Hawes has been playing with a strained left foot that has limited his play.
But he had 14 points against the Suns.
Hawes made five of nine field goals, two of four on three-pointers.
5. The Clippers had six players score in double figures.
That makes them a dangerous team when they have so many players as offensive threats.