Bob Kemp

GAME FIVE – CLIPPERS 116, SUNS 102

BOTTOMLINE
        *THE SUNS WERE OUTCOACHED AND OUTUSTLED FROM START TO FINISH: The Clippers, without three starters because of injury, surprised with the Suns with a zone at the defensive end and Monty Williams team did not adjust. Tyron Lue’s strategical change all but eliminated the Suns screen-roll game and the Suns paint domination. In Game Five, the Clippers had an astonishing 58-32 points in the paint edge.
        *THE SUNS WERE ALSO AWFUL AT THE DEFENSIVE END: The Clippers shot 54.8%, starting with 36 points on 65% shooting over the opening quarter.
        *PAUL GEORGE OUTPLAYED DEVIN BOOKER: George scored 30 of his career playoff-high 41 points during the second half while adding 13 rebounds and eight assists. Booker finished with 31 points, but had just 12 in the second half, six in the fourth quarter and zero over the final 9:19.
        *THE SUNS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY OUTPLAYED TO CONCLUDE THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS: The Clippers outscored the Suns 11-5 to end the first quarter, 9-5 to conclude the first half and 9-2 at the end of the third quarter = 29-12.
        *THE CLIPPERS HAVE DOMINATED THE THIRD QUARTER: The Suns have been outscored in the third quarter in four of the five games, including 32-26 in Game Five. For the series, they are minus 25 in third-quarter point differential.
        *THE SUNS LED FOR TWENTY SECONDS: A Chris Paul basket gave the Suns a 62-61 lead with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter. On the next possession, George made a layup at the other end, a lead the Clippers never relinquished.