Clippers’ legendary TV play-by-play voice Ralph Lawler yells “Bingo” when a Clipper nails a three point shot.
Bingo! I mean Barnes drained18 of his season-high 28 points in the third quarter hitting 4 of 7 from behind the arc.
“We ended the second quarter flat and wanted to hit them in the mouth coming into the third quarter,” said Barnes who finished 12 of 17 from the floor. “My teammates were finding me early. The ball was dropping and they kept coming to me.”
The Clippers (42-20) found themselves down 55-44 at halftime and came out in the third outscoring Phoenix 37-18. Los Angeles led 81-73 going into the 4th and never looked back.
“Matt’s shots got us going. “ Said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. “But to hold them to 39 second half points, it was our defense that won the game for us.”
Along with Barnes’ 18, Blake Griffin knocked down 13 of his 22 points in the third setting a new franchise record with his 20th consecutive 20 point game.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan did another one of his Bill Russell impressions working the double-double with ten points and 17 rebounds. He also blocked two shots. Chris Paul had 14 points and 11 assists. Darren Collison added 18 for L.A.
An inauspicious debut for the newest Clipper. Danny Granger went scoreless playing just four minutes in the first half which was just a matter of getting his feet wet with his new teammates.
The Suns (35-25) were led by P.J. Tucker with 18 and Gerald Green who finished with 17.
The Clippers – winners of eight of their last 10 games - return to Los Angeles to face their hallway rivals Thursday night at Staples Center in a Lakers home game. The Lakers lost to New Orleans Tuesday night at Staples, 132-125.
Tip-off Thursday is set for 7:40pm.