Chris Paul and Blake Griffin led the team with 19 points apiece as the L.A. Clippers continued their march towards the postseason with a 111-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.
The win was the Clippers’ 31st of the season on their home court, which broke the previous franchise-best of 30. The old record had been set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves.
Fresh off of their first season sweep of the Lakers since that same ’74-’75 season, L.A. swept Minnesota 4-0 in the season series for the first time since 1992-93, and improved to 52-26 on the year.
The shorthanded T’Wolves were led by Nikola Pekovic’s 20 points, and they also got a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double from Derrick Williams. Minnesota is now 29-49 this season, good for the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference.
The Clippers’ defense has been noticeably better during their current three-game winning streak. They held the Timberwolves to 6-23 from behind the three-point line Wednesday night. No real surprise there, though, as Minnesota is statistically the worst three-point shooting bunch in the league.
All five L.A. starters scored in double-figures, and they also got 14 points from Matt Barnes, as well as 11 from Jamal Crawford off-the-bench. The Clippers never trailed, and led by 16 entering the final quarter. Reserves played the majority of the final frame, giving the starters a good chunk of the night off.
The Clippers currently trail the Grizzlies by a game for the No. 4 seed, and the Nuggets by two games for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles has four games remaining, including a pair of back-to-backs. Three of those games are on the road against New Orleans, Memphis and Sacramento. The lone remaining regular season home game is next Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.
Memphis’ remaining four games come against Houston, the Clippers, Dallas and Utah, while the Nuggets remaining schedule includes dates with Dallas, Portland, Milwaukee and Phoenix.
If the playoffs began today, the Clippers and Grizzlies would face each other in the first round, as they did a year ago.
The Clippers will next hit the floor Friday evening in New Orleans against the Horlicans/Pelinets.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.