BLAKE Griffin matched his season-high 29 points in just his third game back from a knee injury to help the Los Angeles Clippers break a two-game skid with a 124-114 win over the slumping Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Fresh off a 20-point performance in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Griffin had his best game after sitting out 18 outings and got hot from the get go in scoring six during a 14-4 Clippers start. The Clippers never trailed against the Suns, but saw Phoenix cut an 11-point deficit down to three at the end of the first half.
The Clippers extended the lead to 14 midway through the third but Eric Bledsoe led a furious comeback as the Suns got within one early in the fourth. After Bledsoe completed a three-point play to get Phoenix within reach, 109-106, the Clippers backcourt led by JJ Redick, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton sparked a 13-6 run to help them pull away with the win.
Griffin added eight rebounds and five assists as the Clippers improved to 31-18. Felton finished with 18 points, while Redick chipped in 16 markers. Rivers and Jamal Crawford scored 14 apiece as well.
Bledsoe led all scorers in matching his career-high 41 points but the Suns (15-34) fell to their fifth straight loss. Devin Booker added 20 markers for Phoenix.