Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/2/12
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The Los Angeles Clippers kicked off a grueling slate of games with an easy win behind an impressive display from Chris Paul. The five-time All-Star could make all the difference as the Clippers look to put an end to their recent struggles in Phoenix. In the first of four upcoming meetings between these teams, Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles visits the Suns on Friday night hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive defeat at US Airways Center. Since posting a 103-99 road win over the Suns (15-20) on April 17, 2007, Los Angeles (21-12) has dropped 14 of 16 in the series - including eight in a row in Phoenix by an average of 17.2 points. Paul, however, is averaging 24.6 points and 10.9 assists in his last 12 matchups with the Suns, and could give the Clippers a leg up in this one. Scoring 28.3 points per contest on 60.8 percent shooting in his last three, Paul scored a team-high 22 to go along with nine assists as Los Angeles began a stretch of four games in five nights with Thursday...
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