National Basketball Association
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Phoenix vs L.A. Clippers
When: 4:00 PM ET, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Where: The Arena, Kissimmee, Florida

The Los Angeles Clippers look to ride the momentum of a record-setting performance into a tilt with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday afternoon near Orlando.

Los Angeles (45-21) sank a franchise-record 25 3-pointers in a 126-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. The total eclipsed the 24 set in the team's 128-111 win over Miami on Feb. 5 at Staples Center.

The Clippers also tied a franchise mark for 3-pointers made in a half when they hit 16-of-24 en route to claiming a 77-45 lead at intermission.

Paul George highlighted his 28-point performance with a sizzling 8-for-11 effort from beyond the arc for Los Angeles, which bounced back from a 103-101 setback to the rival Lakers on Thursday.

"It's weird because I can't make nothing else," the 30-year-old George said. "The 3s are the only thing that are dropping. In a way, I'm in a rhythm, but I'm not in a rhythm because I can't find the ball in between the 3-point line. It's great that the long ball's falling. I'm going to stick with it, continue to keep shooting them."

Kawhi Leonard poured in 24 points, the same total he recorded to help the Clippers post a 102-92 victory over the Suns (28-39) in the teams' last meeting on Feb. 26.

While scoring is nothing new for Leonard (team-best 26.8 points), he has taken great pride in notching a career-high 5.0 assists per game this season.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has noticed Leonard's willingness to distribute the basketball.

"It's been amazing," Rivers said. "I thought he set the tone the beginning of the game. You can tell. It's funny, he was just passing, almost overpassing at times. You look up, he still had (18 points) at halftime, then he had the assists.

"People are going to load up on Kawhi. They're going to load up on (George). The more we can make them pinpoint passers, the better our team will be."

Devin Booker kept the Suns' slim postseason chances afloat by scoring 30 points in a 117-115 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The win was the second in as many games for Phoenix since entering the restart with the worst record among the remaining Western Conference teams.

"This kind of game is going to help us grow, especially a young team like we are," said Suns guard Ricky Rubio, who had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

"You can't practice that. Coming here will help it. Now that we're here, chances are super low. But we have a chance. That's why we're here."

The 29-year-old Rubio, who averages a team-best 8.9 assists per game, had 10 in the last meeting with the Clippers.

Booker, who averages a club-high 26.2 points per contest, struggled in that game against Los Angeles while being predominantly guarded by Leonard. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-19 attempts from the floor for the Suns, who shot 39.1 percent as a team.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 28-39 W3 14-22 13-17 3-3 25-36 5-9 16-27
L.A. Clippers 45-21 W1 25-7 19-13 6-3 39-18 8-5 28-15
Last Meeting
Phoenix L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/26/20 LAC 102 PHO 92 92 48 39.1 102 46 44.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix D. Ayton 25 50.0 3
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 24 41.2 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix D. Ayton 17 7 10
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 14 4 10
Assists Player  
Phoenix D. Booker 10
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix D. Booker 1756 48.0 444
L.A. Clippers K. Leonard 1474 45.5 335
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix D. Ayton 421 148 273
L.A. Clippers I. Zubac 490 173 317
Assists Player  
Phoenix R. Rubio 548
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 349
Quickchart Matchup
Phoenix Phoenix Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Phoenix Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 112.8 Points For
Phoenix Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 109.5 Points Against
Phoenix - FG% 46.5 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 43.6 FG%
Phoenix - Reb 43.1 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 45.5 Reb
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Phoenix Phoenix Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Phoenix - Points For 116.1 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Phoenix - Points Against 113.9 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 46.3 FG%
Phoenix - FG% 47.4 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 47.8 Reb
Phoenix - Reb 43.6 Reb