Clippers put away Suns with fourth-quarter run, gain ground in playoff race

first_imgTHORNWELL DOING WELLAustin Rivers said rookie Sindarius Thornwell’s play was critical in the win. Thornwell had seven points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.“Sindarius has been huge. His defensive rebounding has been incredible,” Rivers said. “Just his effort. Proud of him and his development.”SHAQ ATTACKSuns guard Shaquille Harrison, who about a month ago was in the G League, played a career-high 31 minutes and scored a career-best 17 points.“There’s a lot of people out there that want to be in my position, so I’m just trying to make the most of it that I can,” Harrison said.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan is the eighth player in franchise history to score at least 7,000 career points. … Forward Danilo Gallinari (fracture in right hand) did not play, but remains a possibility to return Friday at Portland after having missed 56 games with injuries this season. … Guard Milos Teodosic did not play due to left foot soreness. He aggravated a plantar fascia injury during Tuesday’s win against Milwaukee.Suns: With Payton out, the Suns used their 32nd different starting lineup combination of the season. … Forward Jared Dudley appeared in his 465th career game as a Suns player, which tied him with Paul Westphal for 14th-most in franchise history. … Coach Jay Triano used all 11 available players for the game.UP NEXTClippers: At Portland on FridaySuns: At Houston on Friday Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jordan reached 7,000 points for his 10-season career with a first-quarter dunk, his first points of the game. The first quarter saw eight ties and five lead changes, but the Suns ended it ahead 32-27 on a buzzer-beating 3 from Ulis.Rivers’ 25-footer with a second left had the Clippers in front 58-56 at halftime.The Clippers opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, including Rivers’ layup with 8:03 left for a 68-59 lead.“We’re trying to win every game to finish the season off, and wherever that puts us, that puts us,” Rivers said.The Suns cut it to 80-76 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Troy Daniels. Jackson dunked in transition to make it 85-82 going into the fourth quarter, but the Suns didn’t score until the 6:23 mark of the period and were held to 17 fourth-quarter points.“They made some tough shots,” Ulis said. “Basketball is a game of runs, and we didn’t hit back.” The Clippers (41-34) moved to a game out of the eighth playoff spot, one game behind the Jazz after Utah’s 97-94 loss to Boston.“We have to let our defense really fuel our offense every single night,” Harris said.Austin Rivers had 18 points and eight assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won four of five.Tyler Ulis led Phoenix with a season-high 23 points and rookie Josh Jackson added 18. Jackson has scored 15 or more points in eight straight games, but the Suns’ losing streak reached 13 games.The Suns were without four injured players who get regular minutes: guards Devin Booker and Elfrid Payton, center Alex Len and forward T.J. Warren. Payton, who played in Monday’s loss to Boston, was ruled out before the game with knee tenderness. PreviousClippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) rives against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)referee Lauren Holtkamp (7) waits for the call during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker (7) rebounds against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) drives past Los Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) pulls down a rebound during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) passes agasint the =l- during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) looks pass against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Clippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 21Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandPHOENIX — The Clippers are watching the scoreboard while taking care of their own business as the NBA regular season heads into its final two weeks.Tobias Harris scored 27 points and the Clippers gained a little ground in the Western Conference playoff race with a 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.“What we keep saying is the biggest thing is for us to handle our business,” Harris said. “Really lock in on what we have to do. Everything will play itself out. We can’t play for other teams, we’ve got to play for us at this point.”Harris had 15 points in the third quarter, and the Clippers pulled away early in the fourth with an 18-0 run.last_img read more

Liberian Diaspora Leaders Concerned About State of Civility in Liberia

first_imgThe All Liberian Conference of Diaspora Leaders, representing the major Liberian regional umbrella organizations around the world has observed with grave concern the growing political tension in Liberia characterized by incendiary rhetoric  and occasional threats of violence.The Diaspora leadership representing the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA); the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA); the Union of Liberian Associations in Ghana (ULAG); The Federation of Liberians in Australia (FOLICA); Conference of Liberian Organizations in the Southwestern United States (COLOSUS); and the Coalition of Concerned Liberians (CCL) issued the call in a joint statement at the close of a recent summit in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.The leaders made specific reference to the recent threat by a band of former warlords against a legislator, Montserrado County District #10 representative, Yekeh Kolubah, which was later clarified and rescinded. They also commended the organizers of the June 7 rally for their pledge to conduct themselves peacefully with respect to the rule of law.“While the Diaspora Leadership recognizes that free expression of views and assembly are cardinal to the democratic process, it is also aware that the use of confrontational languages in the public space have the potential of creating misunderstanding and a hostile environment,” The Diaspora leadership noted.They further issued a call to all Liberians, including the government, the opposition and the media, as well as those on social media to be mindful of the fact that the nation is still emerging from years of instability. “Let us be mindful of our recent past and help strengthen our fragile democracy by maintaining an enduring environment of peaceful co-existence. In so doing,” the Diaspora leaders noted, “we must tone down the rhetoric as it is time that Liberians begin the process of talking with each other, rather than talking at each other to discuss national issues. We must reckon with the fact that there will always be divergent of views. Hence, tolerance and sobriety are key requirements in expanding the democratic environment.”The Diaspora Leadership Group then called upon Liberians to never again see violence as a pathway to resolving political problems. Rather, politicians, advocates, and citizens should take the constructive path organizing peacefully using the rule of Law to advance their political agenda.June 7 ProtestMeanwhile, the Diaspora Leadership Group is particularly pleased that organizers of the June 7 protest have emphasized their commitment to the rule of Law and pledged that the event will be peaceful. Similarly, the Diaspora leadership Group also welcome the expression by the government that it will uphold its obligations under the law by ensuring that Liberians exercise their right to freely assemble and petition their representatives in a peaceful manner.The Diaspora Leadership Group applauds the decision of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) NOT to stage a counter-demonstration against the June 7 protestors on the same day. This decision is not only wise, but largely removes any miscalculation that could lead to potential violence amongst protestors.Disassociation From Sanctions CallIn a related development, the Diaspora Leadership Group strongly distances its various organizations from a call made by few Liberians who styled themselves as “US Citizens and US Taxpayers” for the United States government to stop economic support to Liberia. The independent group recently made the call when they visited a Legislative staffer in the offices of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Diaspora leadership believes that at a time when Liberians at home are facing tremendous economic challenges, such a call by this group for an economic embargo on the Liberian people is unconscionable and may increase the suffering on ordinary Liberians. Meanwhile, the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has already taken the necessary actions in the corridors of the U.S. Government to counter what they described as an unwarranted request.Leaders of Liberian Diaspora organizations present at the summit included: Vamba Fofana, President, Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA); Kingston Washington Wleh Sr., President, The European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA); Willie Kim Kamara, President, Conference of Liberian Organizations in the Southwestern United States (COLOSUS); John F. Lloyd, National Chairman, Coalition of Concern Liberians (CCL); Mohamed Salia Dukuly, President, The Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA), Inc.; and Julia Mardea Richards, President, United Liberian Association in Ghana (ULAG).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more