LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul scored 24 points, Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the winless Phoenix Suns 116-98 on Monday night.
DeAndre Jordan added 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers relied on their Big Three in improving to 3-0 this season.
Brandon Knight had 18 points for the Suns (0-4), who gave Los Angeles a little scare on Halloween when they cut the lead to 56-55 in the third quarter. The Clippers pulled away after that.
Griffin scored 15 points in the first half, when Los Angeles built as much as a 13-point lead.
The Clippers’ defense was stout and forced the Suns into 14 first-half turnovers. Los Angeles closed with an 18-3 run to lead 48-36 at halftime.
Jordan entertained with an assortment of dunks and layups despite playing with a sprained right thumb that was wrapped in tape. Early in the first quarter, he grimaced and grabbed his thumb when he missed an alley-oop. But he remained in the game and never showed any signs of a problem afterward.
Phoenix guard Devin Booker missed the game with a sprained toe.
Four of the five Clippers starters had scored in double figures by the end of the third quarter. Los Angeles’ offense has been slow to catch up with its defense early this season, but the Suns were no match on the defensive end as the Clippers got into a rhythm.
Suns center Tyson Chandler fouled out with 7:51 left.