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The Phoenix Suns handed the Los Angeles Clippers their worst loss of the season thus far without the full services of Eric Bledsoe, in a 107-88 route.

"We can't say that we beat them in anything — fast-break points or anything. And that doesn't happen too many nights in the NBA. This was just an old-fashioned butt whuppin' and they did it from the beginning to the end," said Chris Paul.

The homecoming for Bledsoe didn't turn out the Hollywood ending he had expected for himself, but his team was action packed all night.

The Suns defense anchored by Goran Dragic held Clippers center DeAndre Jordan scoreless in the first half, and elevated their way to a 61-40 halftime lead over the Clippers.

The Suns continued to burn the Clippers in the third quarter allowing them to come no closer than 16 points. Head coach Doc Rivers had seen enough, and by the fourth quarter pulled two of his stars in Paul and Blake Griffin on the bench.

DeAndre Jordan scored only 2 points, and had an amazing 19 rebound night.

Dragic and Gerald Green took up most of the slack for Phoenix in the win. Dragic finished with 26 points and 8 assist, while Green finished with 21 points off the bench.

"This is our game. We try to play a fast, up-tempo game, and I think things are going to be much better if you play like that," Dragic said.

Clippers defense held Bledsoe to a season low seven points, on 30% shooting for the night.

Bledsoe looked forward to his homecoming against his former team.

"I was here for three years,” Bledsoe said. "I only did one year of college at the University of Kentucky, and I spent most of my life in Birmingham, so this feels like home."

On several occasions throughout the game, Paul reminded Bledsoe of who the student and teacher were. However Paul had high praise for his former teammate.

"One of the things about Bled is how hard he works. This summer was a big summer for him when the trade happened, and we used to talk about it all the time and I said it all the time: He’s not a backup in this league. He’s a starter," said Paul.

Chris Paul scored 11 points and 7 assist, while both Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each. The Clippers had an awful shooting night, and one I'm sure they'd like to forget.

"This was a tough one for us," Paul said. "It might be one of the worst ones since I've been here."

The Suns have on a bit of a hot streak lately winning 10 out of their last 12 games. With the victory on Monday night, the Suns only trail the Clippers by a half a game in the Pacific Division.

The Clippers will look to regroup in the new year when they face the Charlotte Bobcats on January 1st. The Bobcats are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.



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