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Griffin has 37 in rumble at Staples. Clippers beat Suns, 112-105.

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Blake Griffin scored 22 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter leading the Los Angeles Clippers to their eighth straight victory beating the Phoenix Suns in a hard-fought 112-105 win.

Griffin keeps setting a new franchise record every night registering his 23rd consecutive game with 20 or more points and he did it connecting on 14 of 16 field goals good for 88% from the field.

“When shots are falling, honestly you just keep on shooting.” Said Griffin who continued, “I was just kind of in one of those zones that you feel like everything you’re throwing up is going in.”

It got a bit rough for Griffin during the fourth quarter when he got tangled with Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Both players fell to the floor and video replays appeared to show Tucker (14 points and 10 rebounds) threw a punch which got him a technical foul and an immediate ejection from the game.

To Griffin’s credit he kept his composure as he does every game where opposing teams get a bit too physical with him. He did later foul out with about three minutes left in the game. To hear from Griffin and other Clippers regarding keeping that composure, click on the video with this story.

The Clippers (45-20) led by as many as 25 in the third quarter but let the Suns (36-27) back in the game.

“Give the Suns credit,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “They are fighting for their (playoff) lives right now, so you knew they weren’t going away.”

“Our guys never quit,” said first-year Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. “That’s a great thing. But to get down by 25 it didn’t seem like we were ready to play.”

Darren Collison started in place of J.J. Redick - who’s almost ready to go after suffering a bulging disk in his back -and scored 20 points. Point guard Chris Paul had another double-double dropping in 17 points and dishing out 11 assists. Matt Barnes had 13 and the newest Clipper – Danny Granger – had his best performance in his fourth game with team hitting 14 points.

The Suns were led by Goran Dragic with 23 points. Markieff Morris and Gerald Green each had 16.

The Clippers are back at home Wednesday night when they take on pacific division rival Golden State. The Warriors have won two of the previous three games between the two teams. Tip-off at Staples Center is set for 7:40.

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