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PHOENIX (AP) - Matt Barnes knows shooting nights like this are rare moments to be savored.
Barnes made 12 of his first 13 shots and scored 16 points in the first 5:09 of the third quarter.
“I felt like I got good looks every time,” he said. “I found a little bit of space and was able to get the shot up. Every time it left my hands it felt good. One of those nights.”
Blake Griffin added 22 points and Darren Collison had 18 for Los Angeles.
P.J. Tucker scored 18 and Gerald Green 17 on 6-of-19 shooting for the Suns, who played without center Miles Plumlee (right knee sprain). They also lost guard Leandro Barbosa to a broken left hand in the first half.
After Jordan’s block, his two free throws sealed it at 101-94 with 39.5 seconds left.
Phoenix led by as many as 12 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as 15 in the fourth before cutting it to three late.
Trailing 61-49, Los Angeles outscored the Suns 32-10 to take an 81-71 lead on Barnes‘ layup after a Clippers offensive rebound with 38.9 seconds to go in the third quarter. Markieff Morris scored to cut Los Angeles’ lead to 81-73 entering the fourth.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers credited his team’s second-half defense.
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