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  • Clipps tie franchise record for wins

  • LOS ANGELES — The Clippers tuned up for the playoffs with a clinic on scoring in transition, whether it was going coast-to-coast for layups or ferocious dunks.
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  • LOS ANGELES — The Clippers tuned up for the playoffs with a clinic on scoring in transition, whether it was going coast-to-coast for layups or ferocious dunks.
    The display produced a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, giving the Clippers their franchise record-tying 56th win of the regular season. Blake Griffin had 27 points and nine assists, DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists.
    "We're still playing for something," Paul said. "We can keep building confidence on defense. We're at our best when we're running and getting stops."
    J.J. Redick had 13 points and Matt Barnes scored 12 in helping the Clippers improve to 33-7 at Staples Center, breaking the franchise record for home victories in a season.
    "When we got stops, got out and moved the ball from side to side, we were able to get what we wanted," Griffin said. "That's the key for us, just playing our offense and not letting what they do dictate our game."
    Los Angeles completed a season sweep of the Kings and has won seven straight against them at home.
    "I just hated our defense," Sacramento coach Mike Malone said.
    DeMarcus Cousins had his seventh straight double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings, who lost their fifth in a row in their last road game of the season. Rudy Gay scored 16 points, and former Clipper Reggie Evans had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
    Cousins and Ben McLemore combined to score 24 of the Kings' 32 points in the third quarter, including their last 20. McLemore hit consecutive 3-pointers, the second one just beating the clock at the end of the period, to leave the Kings trailing 85-79 going into the fourth.
    "We couldn't get any stops," Malone said. "Defensively, they just got whatever they wanted. It was just layup after layup after layup."
    McLemore finished with 14 points, hitting all six of his free throws, before getting his second technical and being ejected with 10:51 left in the game.
    "That's the crazy thing about it," he said. "I've never gotten kicked out of a game in my life."
    The Kings closed within two on a three-point play by Cousins in the fourth. The Clippers answered with a 12-2 run to go up 103-91, capped by Jamal Crawford's back-to-back 3-pointers. He landed in the lap of courtside fans after the first one.
    Hawks 98, Heat 85
    At Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
    Atlanta's third straight victory eliminated the New York Knicks from playoff contention. Williams scored the Hawks' last 12 points.
    LeBron James finished with 27 points and Dwyane Wade, in his first game since missing nine straight with a sore left hamstring, scored 24 for the Miami Heat.
    Wizards 104, Bucks 91
    At Washington, Bradley Beal scored 26 points, and the Washington Wizards moved a step closer to claiming the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, whose loss guaranteed they will finish with at least a tie for the worst record in the NBA.
    John Wall added 15 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who also clinched the franchise's first winning record since 2008 — which was also the last time they made the playoffs.
    Bobcats 111, 76ers 105
    At Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson continued his dominating play with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for their sixth win in seven games.
    It marked the sixth straight game Jefferson had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game — extending his own franchise record.
    Celtics 111, Cavaliers 99
    At Cleveland, rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Avery Bradley also scored 25 points for the Celtics, who built a 33-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland's reserves cut into the margin. Boston snapped a 13-game road losing streak and won for the first time away from home since Feb. 10. The Celtics have won consecutive games for the first time since early March.
    Rockets 111, Pelicans 104
    At Houston, James Harden had 33 points and 13 assists and the Houston Rockets rallied past the New Orleans Pelicans to maintain their spot in the Western Conference standings with the postseason just days away.
    The Rockets had lost two in a row and needed the win to stay ahead of Portland in fourth place in the West.
    Former Blazer Luke Babbitt, who was signed by the Pelicans in February after playing 18 games in Russia this season, had a career-high 24 points as New Orleans dropped its eighth straight.
    Mavericks 101, Suns 98
    At Dallas, Monta Ellis matched his season high with 37 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 23 during a second-half rally that carried the Dallas Mavericks back to the playoffs.
    Ellis and Nowitzki brought the Mavericks back by hitting five 3-pointers between them in less than 4 minutes of the third quarter, erasing most of a 13-point deficit. Then, they teamed to get the lead back in the fourth, and Dallas held on in the final minutes.
    The Mavericks left the Suns and Memphis to battle for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dallas is back in the postseason after a 12-year playoff streak ended last season.
    Nuggets 101, Jazz 94
    At Denver, Kenneth Faried scored 24 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the short-handed Denver Nuggets' come-from-behind win over the Utah Jazz.
    Randy Foye added 26 points and Evan Fornier 23 for the Nuggets, who trailed most of the night before sending Utah to its fourth straight loss and evening the season series with their rivals at two games each.
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