Phoenix Suns
61-23
-1
+1
Los Angeles Clippers
55-32
Thu, Jun 24 - 9:00p ET   |   ESPN   |   Staples Center
By Landon Smith

Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers West Finals Game 3, PHX Leads Series 2-0

The series shifts to the Staples Center as the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out in a pivotal Game 3 on Thursday night.

Key Player and Preview

Devin Booker PHX - SG
25.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.3 APG

Paul George LAC - SG
23.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG

The Phoenix Suns will look to take a 3-0 series lead after beating the Clippers in a thrilling 104-103 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Cameron Payne led the team with 29 points and nine assists on 12 of 24 shooting, DeAndre Ayton added a double-double of 24 points with 14 rebounds on 12 of 15 shooting while Devin Booker added 20 points and five decisive assists.

As a team, the Suns shot 50 percent from the field and just six of 26 from the 3-point line as they took an early lead and appeared to be in control for most of the game until the Clippers rallied late to Take the lead. before taking the victory with an alley-oop play from Ayton with just 0.7 seconds to go.

Booker had a difficult shooting night, as he fired just five of 16 shots from the field with seven turnovers, but Payne took over by shooting 12 of 24 shots from the field with no turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers will absolutely kick each other after coming painfully short of the Suns in a heartbreaking loss to the buzzer Tuesday night.

Paul George led the team with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists, Reggie Jackson added 19 points with three assists while Ivica Zubac scored with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Clippers only shot 45% from the field and 13 of 34 from 3-point line, but their defensive efforts kept them in the fight until the final second of the game where the Suns escaped into an alley.

Marcus Morris had another poor performance, as he scored just seven points on three of 11 shots, while George only shot one of eight from the 3-point line and five of 10 from the free throw line.

 

WINNER: Phoenix @ -1.5

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By Landon Smith, on 9:00p ET