The Clippers led by 15 points in the first half, and the Suns took the lead in the third period with 62:61 points by Chris Paul. The Clippers responded with the next 10 points, when they started to score “threes”. George scored two in a row, and then Patrick Beverly added a “three” for an 82:70 lead.
Phoenix managed to get closer to 94:98 in the end, but the team from Los Angeles responded with a series of 10: 2, after which they kept the advantage and avoided elimination from the finals.
“If they want to finish this series, they will have to work for it. We have a strong mentality, we didn’t want to give up. We didn’t want to throw in the towel. They have to beat us,” said George.
Reggie Jackson participated in the victory with 23 points, Marcus Morris with 22, and Demarkus Cousins with 15. Kavaj Lenard and Ivica Zubac were not in the team. This is the first game in the last two years that the Croatian basketball player missed.
Devin Booker was the most efficient in the Phoenix team with 31 points, and Chris Paul scored 22 points with eight assists. Cameron Johnson added 14 points, and Deandre Peyton added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The next sixth game is played on the night between Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles.