Wins by committee
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has done an outstanding job but deflects credit for the Clippers' fast start. "Obviously starting off having Blake [Griffin] as a young player is a huge bonus," he said. "But it's everybody. No one person can do all the things that need to be done for a team or an organization. It takes a committee of people."
In a word, the Suns were dreadful in Friday night's 87-80 loss to the Jazz. Phoenix went 81/2 minutes without scoring in the second quarter and managed 49 points in the last three quarters 10 in the final 2:26. "It wasn't a good game," said coach Alvin Gentry. "... Just one of those games that was a total disaster, really."
After a 22-point loss in Utah, Minnesota went back-to-back against Denver and shocked the Nuggets, 101-97. "There's always four or five games a year when you embarrass yourself and tonight was one of those nights," Denver coach George Karl told reporters. Said point guard Ty Lawson: "It's kind of deflating, man. … Not on the same page."