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LA Clippers claimed another Game 3 victory on this year’s playoff thanks to their defense and Paul George’s heroics, who led his team to a 92-106 victory over Phoenix.

The Clippers took advantage of a 21-3 run during the third quarter to take a 56-71 lead with 3:31 remaining for the end of the quarter.

From that point, the Clippers withstood the Suns’ comeback efforts to claim an important win. Paul George led the LA with 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists despite shooting just 9-of-26 from the field.

Reggie Jackson followed him with 23 points, while Ivica Zubac had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. For the Suns, DeAndre Ayton led the visitors in scoring with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Clippers are set to face the Suns again on Saturday for Game 4 of the series.