NBA Game Recap - Phoenix at LA Clippers
Tue Aug 4, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BKN
119
MIL
116
F
DAL
114
SAC
110
F(OT)
PHO
117
LAC
115
F
ORL
109
IND
120
F
BOS
106
MIA
112
F
HOU
102
POR
110
F

Phoenix 117, LA Clippers 115

Aug 4, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Phoenix (29-39)

27

36

32

22

117

LA Clippers (45-22)

23

33

35

24

115

Booker's shot at buzzer leads Suns over Clippers 117-115
Tue Aug 4, 2020 7:24 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

"I'm happy for him, but he'd be the first one to tell you we're not done," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of Booker.

The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot.

"This is a fun team to be a part of and we're having fun with it," Booker said. "This whole experience ... we just wanted to come down here and make some noise and that's what we're doing."

Kawhi Leonard had tied the game with two free throws with 31.3 seconds to go. Ricky Rubio missed a shot after that and Ivica Zubac got the rebound, but he threw a bad pass that Mikal Bridges stole to give the Suns another chance.

Booker dribbled left before being cut off by Leonard. He turned the other direction and shot as George was closing, then crashed to the court as his teammates surrounded him to celebrate the victory.

"You pretty much (saw) the shot," Leonard said. "He got to his spot."

Booker was asked about the celebration after his big shot.

"I'm not a big celebration guy ... but they caught me on the ground so I couldn't get away from them," he said.

After setting a franchise record by making 25 3-pointers in a win over New Orleans on Saturday, the Clippers managed just eight in the loss. Leonard led the Clippers with 27 points and George added 23.

The Suns led by eight in the fourth before the Clippers used an 8-2 run with an alley-oop dunk by Zubac to cut the lead to 107-105 with about 5 minutes to go.

Phoenix got baskets from Booker and Rubio to extend the lead, but Leonard scored the next four points to start a 6-0 run that tied it at 111-all with less than 2 minutes left.

The Suns led by 11 early in the third quarter. But the Clippers chipped away at the lead and a 7-3 spurt, with all the points from Leonard, cut the lead to 88-87 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.

But the Suns used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3 from Cameron Johnson, to push the lead to 95-89 near the end of the third. Marcus Morris added a layup after that to get the Clippers within four entering the fourth.

TIP-INS

Suns: Rubio had 18 points. ... Deandre Ayton scored 19. ... Phoenix made 17 3-pointers.

Clippers: G Pat Beverley played just eight minutes before leaving with calf soreness. ... F Montrezl Harrell remains away from the team because of a personal matter. Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that he didn't have an update on when he would return.

WILLIAMS RETURNS

Lou Williams had seven points, six assists and six rebounds in 21 minutes in his restart debut after missing the first two games. Williams had to quarantine for 10 days after visiting a strip club in Atlanta after he was granted permission to leave the Disney bubble for a family member's funeral.

He said he could have made a better decision, but that he thinks it became a bigger story that it needed to be because of where he went.

"At the end of the day, I was truly grieving two weeks ago," he said. "I was thrown under the bus, and the attention was thrown to Magic City. If I went to a steakhouse or Hooters, it wouldn't have been a story."

UP NEXT

Suns: Play the Pacers on Thursday.

Clippers: Play Dallas on Thursday.

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Leaders

Phoenix PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Carter 0 2 1 0 1 0
D. Booker 35 0 8 4 0 0
LA Clippers PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Leonard 27 0 3 7 1 0
P. George 23 -3 5 6 0 0

Team Comparison

PHO LAC
Points For 117 115
Field Goals 45/96-47% 42/85-49%
Three Pointers 17/32-53% 8/29-28%
Free Throws 10/14-71% 23/27-85%
Offensive Rebounds 11 8
Defensive Rebounds 33 40
Rebounds 47 55
Blocks 0 3
Steals 5 2
Turnovers 8 10
Points Scored Off Turnovers 11 6
Points in the Paint 30 54
Fast Break Points 8 14
Personal Fouls 21 16
Technical Fouls 1 2
Flagrant Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 2-2

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Oct 26 LAC 122 @ PHO 130 M. Harkless 2 C. Johnson 4
Tue Dec 17 PHO 99 @ LAC 120 A. Baynes 2 J. Robinson 3
Wed Feb 26 LAC 102 @ PHO 92 L. Shamet 6 E. Okobo 2
Tue Aug 4 PHO 117 @ LAC 115 F. Kaminsky 3 L. Shamet 2

Game Information

Stadium: ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena, Reunion, Florida
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:16