Jamal Crawford

Clippers beat Suns 109-98, end 6-game skid to start new year

Not quite the lockdown defensive team they were to start the season, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to rediscover some of their old selves in time to stop a six-game skid.

J.J. Redick scored 22 points and the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 109-98 on Monday night.

"We played with some urgency. We wanted to win so bad," said DeAndre Jordan, who had 20 rebounds. "Our focus on defense was better."

Jamal Crawford added 18 points for the Clippers, who remain without Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Griffin has missed nine games while recovering from right knee surgery, while Paul has missed six with a sore left...