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Phoenix Suns rally in 4th quarter to beat Los Angeles Clippers, 124-108

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RALLY FOR WIN. The Phoenix Suns rally past the Los Angeles Clippers to secure a 124-108 victory on Wednesday night (Thursday, April 11, in the Philippines). PHOENIX SUNS PHOTO

The Phoenix Suns showcased their resilience by rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-108 on Wednesday night (Thursday, April 11, in the Philippines).

Devin Booker led the charge for the Suns with an impressive 37-point performance, supported by Bradley Beal who contributed 26 points to the victory. 

The Suns were seeking redemption after a humiliating defeat the previous night when the Clippers stormed to a commanding lead in the first quarter, ultimately winning 105-92.

“Around this time of the year, you’re just trying to win games regardless of the context involved,” remarked Kevin Durant, who added 24 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.

The Suns’ win on Wednesday solidified the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers into the play-in tournament, with Phoenix currently occupying the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings, just half a game behind New Orleans for the sixth and final guaranteed playoff position.

Booker emphasized the significance of every game in the play-in scenario, highlighting the heightened intensity where each matchup carries playoff-like stakes. The consequences of a loss are magnified, making victories all the more important in this crucial stretch of the season.

The Suns demonstrated their resilience in the fourth quarter, going on a pivotal 13-0 run to surge ahead 114-106, part of a game-ending 23-2 surge that sealed the victory. Coach Frank Vogel praised the team’s organization and commitment to defense down the stretch.

Vogel commended the team’s cohesion and defensive effort in the fourth quarter, noting their organized play and dedication to getting defensive stops. He expressed confidence that by remaining united and staying focused, they would ultimately come out on top.

Despite the Clippers’ efforts, fueled by Bones Hyland’s career-high 37 points and nine assists along with Brandon Boston Jr.’s 23 points off the bench, Los Angeles faltered in the final stretch as the Suns tightened their defense and seized control of the game.

The Clippers, already crowned Pacific Division champions for the first time in a decade, missed an opportunity to secure the fourth seed in the West with a win. They will face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Tyronn Lue acknowledged that the Clippers struggled to execute and make shots as the game progressed toward the end. He attributed some of the challenges to fatigue among the players.

The Suns and Clippers engaged in a back-and-forth battle throughout the game, with Hyland’s explosive scoring in the first half propelling the Clippers to a narrow 56-55 lead at halftime. However, the Suns responded with a strong third quarter before ultimately taking control in the final period to secure the victory.

Jusuf Nurkic made a significant impact for the Suns, returning to action after sitting out the previous game due to a right ankle sprain. Nurkic contributed three points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists, playing a crucial role in Phoenix’s victory over the Clippers for the first time in four meetings this season.

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