Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now that’s more like it.The Clippers, struggling to become the team they were a season ago, finally came up with a really good effort Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns.They broke open a game that was tied at halftime and rolled to a 120-107 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center. The Clippers, tied 54-54 at halftime, scored 42 points in the third to take a 96-74 lead into the fourth. They led by as many as 26 in the quarter. However, that 93-67 lead was cut to 105-94 by the Suns (5-5) midway through the fourth quarter. The Clippers (5-3) came out a timeout and went on a 6-0 run to lead 111-94. The Suns again cut the lead to 11, but they could get no closer.Chris Paul led the Clippers with 32 points and made 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range, Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Spencer Hawes had 14 points and eight rebounds, J.J. Redick scored 14, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 12.Gerald Green led Phoenix with 26 points off the bench, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas each scored 19, and Alex Len scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.Both Barnes and Green were ejected after getting two technical fouls apiece.“Yeah, and I think we will be,” said coach Doc Rivers, when asked if the tremendous third quarter is the team he knew the Clippers can be. “I thought we played great in the first quarter, too. I thought our defense was fantastic in the first quarter. … I thought the third quarter was great.” Rivers didn’t even mind that his team lost 15 points off that 26-point lead, with still enough time for the Suns to come all the way back.“No, it happens,” he said. “I’m not going to worry about it. They’re a lethal basketball team, they score points. I thought we went on a stretch where we stopped playing offensively. But, no.”The theme was defense. The Suns took 31 more shots (99-68) than Los Angeles, but was held to a 38.4 shooting percentage (38 of 99). Besides his 18 rebounds, Jordan had seven blocks.“I thought he was the star of the game,” Rivers said of Jordan. “Not only on the rebounds, but he changed opponents’ shots.It sounded like Jordan was on a mission in this one.“With the performance we put on last game, we really had to come out tonight and bounce back,” Jordan said of an 89-85 loss Monday to San Antonio, in which the Clippers fell apart down the stretch.Indeed, the key was the third quarter. Paul came out and made back-to-back 3-pointers and before the Suns knew what hit them, the Clippers led 76-59 with 6:23 to play in the quarter.“The third quarter, I think we got a defensive rebound and I had a chance to push up the court and nobody was on me and I hit an open 3,” Paul said. “And then we just started stringing together stops and pushed it up a couple of times and hit Blake in the post, hit Matt for a 3, D.J. for a lob and it was one of those where our defense started creating our offense.”Paul also had nine assists, five rebounds and two steals. But those consecutive 3-pointers to start the third set a vicious tone, one from which Phoenix could not recover.“I know he will not do that every game, but sometimes I would like him to be more of an aggressive (offensive) player like he was tonight,” Rivers said of Paul. “I told him that coming into the season. He is such a point guard that it is hard for him to do it. When he is very aggressive, we are a dangerous team.”The Clippers shot 52.9 percent from the field, 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from 3-point range.Redick really liked what he saw.“Tonight was a step forward,” he said. “I don’t know that we’ve had many steps forward.”The Clippers’ previous largest margin of victory this season was seven points.