LOS ANGELES -- Maybe the plan was to give up chocolate. Maybe it was no more cigars, more time at the gym or to spend more time reading.
Whatever the Los Angeles Clippers had wanted to take on in 2014, it's out the window.
The new plan is to make sure games such as Monday never happen again.
The Clippers closed 2013 by stinking up Staples Center, losing, 107-88, to the Phoenix Suns.
"It was a nightmare ...," Darren Collison said. "Everything was going so right for them and so wrong for us."
All you needed to know happened in the first four possessions.
The Clippers started with a turnover, leading to an easy Phoenix basket. Then, the Clippers missed a jumper and the Suns scored on another uncontested layup. The Clippers turned over the ball again and Phoenix drained a three.
Then, for good measure, the Clippers turned over the ball a third time and the Suns scored on, you guessed it, another uncontested layup.
"This is the worst we've played," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
While the Clippers were able to get back and briefly take a one-point lead in the first quarter, it never really was close.
The Clippers trailed by 29 points -- the most they've been down all season. Before Monday, the Clippers never trailed by more than 14 points at Staples Center this season.
Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each, topping a Clippers offense that managed to shoot 36.5 percent from the field. The team also turned over the ball 20 times.
Phoenix's Goran Dragic scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, and Gerald Green exploded for 21 points off the bench.
Former Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe struggled offensively, scoring only seven points in his first game back at Staples Center since being traded.
Still, it didn't matter much as the reunion became background noise in a 48-minute train wreck of a performance from the Clippers.
"They beat us in everything," Chris Paul said. "This was just an old-fashioned butt whoopin'."
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