The Phoenix Suns reached the NBA play-offs for the first time in 11 years with a 109-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Chris Paul scored 28 points, 15 of which came in the fourth quarter, to lead the Suns to their first win over the Clippers this season.

Having last reached the play-offs in 2009-10, the Suns end the NBA’s second-longest active play-off drought.

The Sacramento Kings – currently 12th in the Western Conference – have the longest drought, last reaching the play-offs in 2005-06.

“Where we were just last year, a couple years ago, to get to this point now, it shows all the work we’ve put in over that course of time, and how important everybody in the organisation, from top to bottom, has been. It’s honestly a really big lesson to be a part of it,” said Suns forward Cameron Johnson.

“When I first got here, everybody was like, ‘Oh, the Suns are down. They haven’t made the play-offs in ‘X’ amount of years.’ To be so close last year and to be in a position to clinch a spot now, it’s a blessing and I don’t take it for granted at all.”

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