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The Los Angeles Clippers took a must win game over the Phoenix Suns  in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. A fantastic second half, and another big game from Paul George was enough to give the Kawhi-less Clippers to the 106-92 victory.

Clippers trying to climb out of 0-2 hole again

For the third consecutive series in the postseason the Clippers found themselves in a 2-0 hole, but as they have all playoffs long they showed their resiliency with a victory in a must win situation.

Paul returned, Kawhi still sidelined in Game 3

The Clippers knew from the start they would be without Kawhi Leonard who has been sidelined since Game 5 of the conference semifinals. Meanwhile, the Suns got a stroke of good fortune when it was announced their legendary point guard, Chris Paul, would be returning to action for Game 3 after he recovering from Covid.

Despite a sluggish start from the Suns top stars, Phoenix led by two points at the half time break. Devin Booker and Paul were ice cold out of the gate going a combined 1-14 from the field.

Big 3rd quarter sparks Clippers to Game 3 win

Los Angeles took control of Game 3 in the early minutes of the third quarter with a 21-3 run to stretch the lead out to 15 points. A 34-21 third quarter gave the Clippers an eight point advantage going into the fourth. LA kept the Suns at an arms distance for the final 12 minutes courtesy of some terrific defending.

The Clippers defense led the way in the second half, holding Phoenix to under 40%. The Suns shot over 50% in the opening two game of the series.

George makes amends for missed FTs in Game 2

Paul George led the way for the Clippers, posting 27 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in the biggest game of Los Angeles’s season. With no Kawhi he was going to have to be exceptional, which he was, but he’d need some help along the way. He got help in the form of Ivica Zubac. The Serbian had a double-double in the first half and finished with 15 points and 16 rebonds.

Paul and Booker contained by Clippers defense

Paul and Booker were limited by the stingy Clippers defense. Both finished with just 15 points, going a combined 10-40 from the field. Maybe the worst news for the Suns is the injury Cam Payne suffered in the late stages of the first quarter. Payne twisted his ankle in a loose ball scrum at mid court and didn’t return.

The Clippers now look to go from an 0-2 deficit to leveling up the series for the third straight time this post season.

Game 4 from the Staples Center is set for Saturday at 9 pm ET/ 6 PT.

MVP of the night Paul George talking to Rachel Nichols after the Game 3 win

Patrick Beverley putting the game out of reach with a late three ball from the corner.

The play of the night, from the player of the night.

Zubac starred in the Clippers Game 3 victory.

The Los Angeles Clippers took a must win game over the Phoenix Suns  in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. A fantastic second half, and another big game from Paul George was enough to give the Kawhi-less Clippers to the 106-92 victory.

Clippers trying to climb out of 0-2 hole again

For the third consecutive series in the postseason the Clippers found themselves in a 2-0 hole, but as they have all playoffs long they showed their resiliency with a victory in a must win situation.

Paul returned, Kawhi still sidelined in Game 3

The Clippers knew from the start they would be without Kawhi Leonard who has been sidelined since Game 5 of the conference semifinals. Meanwhile, the Suns got a stroke of good fortune when it was announced their legendary point guard, Chris Paul, would be returning to action for Game 3 after he recovering from Covid.

Despite a sluggish start from the Suns top stars, Phoenix led by two points at the half time break. Devin Booker and Paul were ice cold out of the gate going a combined 1-14 from the field.

Big 3rd quarter sparks Clippers to Game 3 win

Los Angeles took control of Game 3 in the early minutes of the third quarter with a 21-3 run to stretch the lead out to 15 points. A 34-21 third quarter gave the Clippers an eight point advantage going into the fourth. LA kept the Suns at an arms distance for the final 12 minutes courtesy of some terrific defending.

The Clippers defense led the way in the second half, holding Phoenix to under 40%. The Suns shot over 50% in the opening two game of the series.

George makes amends for missed FTs in Game 2

Paul George led the way for the Clippers, posting 27 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in the biggest game of Los Angeles’s season. With no Kawhi he was going to have to be exceptional, which he was, but he’d need some help along the way. He got help in the form of Ivica Zubac. The Serbian had a double-double in the first half and finished with 15 points and 16 rebonds.

Paul and Booker contained by Clippers defense

Paul and Booker were limited by the stingy Clippers defense. Both finished with just 15 points, going a combined 10-40 from the field. Maybe the worst news for the Suns is the injury Cam Payne suffered in the late stages of the first quarter. Payne twisted his ankle in a loose ball scrum at mid court and didn’t return.

The Clippers now look to go from an 0-2 deficit to leveling up the series for the third straight time this post season.

Game 4 from the Staples Center is set for Saturday at 9 pm ET/ 6 PT.

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It's all over from the Staples Center!! Clippers win and take the series to 2-1.

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Under a minute to go in the fourth.

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Ayton on the up and under down low.

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1:33 to go in the fourth quarter.

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Beverley flips it up after the spin in the lane

90-104

Paul with the pull up jumper. Under two to go in the fourth.

88-104

Beverley with a three ball, and that put this game out of reach for the Suns in Game 3.

88-101

Jackson gets into the paint and he has 10 straigh points for the Clippers.

88-99

Ayton gets a bucket to go down low.

86-99

Jackson with a three ball to put the lead back to 13.

86-96

Bridges hits a three from the far side.

83-96

George to the line, gets two of two. Under 5 to go in the fourth.

83-94

5 to go in the fourth quarter.

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Jackson drop a three ball and quiets the Suns run with a quick five points. Timeout with 6:02 to go in the fourth quarter.

83-91

Jackson on the break after a great bit of defensive work from Beverley.

83-89

6:50 to go in the fourth quarter, with the Suns rolling.

83-39

Booker puts it on the deck and cuts the lead to 6 with a lay up

81-89

Crowder from the top of the key out of the time out.

78-89

Tiimeout Clippers, up by 11 with 8:50 to go in the fourth.

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Booker missed the lay up but Ayton is there to clean up on the offensive boards and gets the tip in.

76-89

Paul steps into a three ball, and the lead is back to 13. 9 Minutes to go in the fourth.

 

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Ayton underneath after the feed from Paul.

71-89

George going to the line after leading the charge in transition after the Mann block on Booker. He hits both FTs.

71-87

Morris hits the three with a hand in his face and the Suns have their largest lead of the night.

71-84

Saric drops the jump hook in the lane over Batum.

69-84

Kinnard in the corner for three and the foul! Four point play is coverted from the line to start the fourth quarter.

69-80

We are going to the fourth quarter the Clippers in control. LA came out and dominated that third quarter.

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George from HALF COURT, BANKS IN A BUZZER BEATER!!!

69-77

Johnson to the line, gets two of two to go.

67-74

Kinnard in the corner for three.

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Booker open underneath after a loose ball scrammble.

65-74

One minute to go in the third quarter.

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Booker to the line, hit's two of two.

63-74

Morris answers back with a triple of his own.

63-71

Johnson in the far corner drops the triple try

60-71

Craig to the line off the timeout, sinks both FTs.

58-71

Booker with the left on the strong drive. The Suns would love to see him come to life.

56-71

Mann gets the George miss down low and finishes in traffic.

56-69

Booker back in the game after picking up his fourth foul earlier in the quarter.

56-69

George drops the three ball, and the Clippers snap a spell of thirteen straight missed threes.

56-66

Zubac to the line and hits two of two.

56-64

Zubac gets a two fisted slam after the dump off from George.

56-62

George goes strong go to the rack and gets the lay up

56-60

Paul quiets the crowd with a three ball.

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Jackson hits the pull up from the mid range.

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Jackson on the runner from the baseline.

53-56

Mann sinks three staright buckets for the Clippers, and he's already got 8 points in the third quarter. Timeout with 8:48 in the third.

53-50

Bridges gets the jumper from the near side and gets the and 1 which he converts.

52-50

George on the pull up floater.

52-48

Ayton down low against, he's 6 of 7 from the field.

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Booker with a buzzer beater from the baseline.

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Mann gets the scoring going in the second half.

Paul George ended the first half in the right fasion.

CP3 IS BACK

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Paul George is leading the Clips with 13 points. while Ivica Zubac already has a double double to his name.

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Ayton was the high scorer for the Suns after a quick start saw his score 8 points out of the gate.

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Both Booker and CP3 had trouble from the field in the first half, but they began to warm up late in the second quarter.

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The first half comes to an end with the Suns up by two in a close game so far.

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George gliding to the basket and punishes the rim with a big jam.

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George to the line, hits two of two.

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Booker on the leaner in the lane.

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Under 50 seconds to go in the first half.

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Bridges in the near corner for three!

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Paul hits another jumper from the elbow. He's staring to warm up.

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George gets into the paint and hits a pull up floater.

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Zubac slashing down the lane and throws down the big jam. He's got double double already.

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Booker to the line, hits two of two. He has just 5 points. Under 3 to go in the first half.

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George off the dribble, he's got 7.

39-36

Chris Paul on that signiature pull up from the elbow.

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Paul to the line, drops two of two.

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Zubac hits one of two. Under 5 to go in the second quarter.

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Zubac with the tip in off the George miss.

35-33

Timeout from LA with 5:47 to go in the second quarter.

35-33

Bridges stops, turns and drops the jumper in the lane.

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Johnson on the double clutch after cutting to the basket. We are tied with 6:30 to go in the first half.

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Craig finishes the fast break with a lay up

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Batum underneath after the feed from Jackson.

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Johnson from the elbow, gets the jumper to drop.

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Under 9 minutes to go in the first half.

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Morris fouled by Saric down low, goes to the line and gets two of two.

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Timeout Clippers with 10:14 to go in the second quarter.

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Booker spots up from behind the arc off the assist from Paul.

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Bridges gets the tip in to go

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Cam Payne went to the bench at the timeout break limping after twisting his ankle on a scuffle. Developing stroy, we will keep you updated.

 

21-29

The first quater comes to a close and the Clippers are ahead by 8.

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Batum on the baseline drive, gets the lay up to drop.

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Mann gets the lay up to drop off the George assist

21-25

Kennard pulls up from 15 feet.

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Ayton on the jump hook and he's in double digits in the first quarter.

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Zubac at the line out of the timeout, hits two of two.

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Timeout on the floor with 2:30 to go in the first quarter.

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Zubac to the line, hits one of two.

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Payne off the bench, gets the floater to go down the lane.

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Jackson on the floater in the lane.

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Ayton gets the rebound and the put back to go out of the timeout.

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Jackson pulls up from 15 feet and the we have our first timeout from LA with 6:26 to go in the first quarter.

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Johnson in the near corner for three.

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Zubac to th line, hits two of two.

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7:08 to go in the first quarter.

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Ayton on the assist from Paul. Ayton finishes with a two handed slam after a cut down the lane.

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Ayton gets a lay up to go after the cut to the basket.

8-14

George with a long jumper from a step inside the arc.

8-12

This time it's Mann who drops the three! It's a shooting clinic from LA.

8-9

Crowder with another three ball!

5-9

Jackson answers back with a three as the shot clock hits 0.

5-6

Crowder hits a contested three to cut the lead to one.

2-6

Bridges picks up foul number two while sending Jackson to he line. Jackson hits one of two.

2-5

Beverley gets the three ball to go after some good ball movement.

2-2

Zubac to the line, hits two of two.

2-0

Ayton starts the scoring after ending last game with a winner.

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Game 3 is underway from LA. 

Chris Paul is back in Suns starting 5.

Devin Booker actually broke his nose in three places after colliding with Beverley. He played the rest of Game 2 and will play tonight.

The National Anthem is underway from LA, we are just moments away from tip at the Staples Center.

How do the Clippers bounce back after a narrow loss in Game 1 and a heartbreaker in Game 2?

One of the highlights of the series has been the Suns heading to the locker room while FaceTiming Chris Paul who missed the first two games in Arizona.

Booker is wearing the Rip Hamiltonesque face mask after colliding with Patrick Beverley in Game 2.

How much time will Chris Paul get? The Suns have been playing great on the offensive end with out him.

According to Bet365.com the Clippers are a one point underdog in this must win match at home. The Over/Under is set at 221

The best news the Suns could have hoped for going into Game 3.

Remember, the Clippers went down 2-0 against the Mavs in the first round, and came back to win in 7 Games. The Clips have done it before and will anxious to show they can do it again

In the entire history of the NBA there has never been a team to comeback and win a series after falling behing 3-0. The Clippers are looking to avoid that tonight.

Obligatory pregame drip tweet Part 1.

George missed two FTs in the final seconds of Game 2 to allow the Suns a chance at a game winner in the last possesion.

Paul George will have to be monumental tonight if the Clippers are going to have any chance of avoiding a 3-0 hole.

Cam Johnson has been the perfect supplement to the absence of Chris Paul, Johnson had plugged in seemlessly with out Paul.

The Suns are the hottest team in the NBA playoffs having won their last 6 games, two of them with out Chris Paul

Bad news for the Clippers, Kawahi Leonard will sit out tonight. He has not featured for LA since Game 4 of the Conference Semis.

Chris Paul is finally back for the Suns after testing positive for Covid after the sweep of the Nuggets.

Welcome everyone to LA, where we are expecting a packed house for tonight's must win game for the Clippers who find themselves down 2-0 in the Series.

We are just an hour away from tip off in what will prove to be a decisive Game 3 fromt he Staples Center in the Western Conference Finals.

Hello everyone and welcome to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals from Los Angeles. AS English will have live coverage, updates scores and stats from tonight’s contest as the Suns look to take a three games to none lead over the Clippers.

The Clippers return home after a heart breaking loss in the final second of Game 2. Deandre Ayton was the hero, scoring the game winning dunk with 0.9 seconds left on an inbounds.

Two tight games from Phoenix to start series

Phoenix’s two home wins came by a combined total of seven points, which paints a picture of how tight this series has been even without both teams superstars. Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul both missed the opening games in Arizona.

Paul expected to return tonight

The Suns will get a big boost by Chris Paul being taken off Health and Safety Protocol after testing positive for Covid a couple weeks. Phoenix held down the fort by winning both games at home with out their orchestrator of the offense.

Devin Booker and Cameron Payne carried the load of the distributing duties with Paul sidelined. In Game 1 the Suns dished out 31 assists, and followed up with 24 in Game 2, none of which more important than Jae Crowder’s game winning assist to take a 2-0 lead.

Leonard will need more time to heal his knee

Kawhi Leonard, who has been sidelined since Game 5 of the Conference semifinals, will miss tonight’s game as he is still nursing a knee injury.

No team in NBA history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs, and that’s what the Clippers will be trying to avoid tonight as the Suns visit the Stales Center.

Game 3 is set to tip off at 9 pm ET, 6 PT from Los Angeles.

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