Clippers Beat Lakers to Win Pacific Division Title April 08, 2013 10:49
Last night, the LA Clippers beat the LA Lakers to become the Pacific Division champions. The win also meant that they swept the Lakers on the season.
The Clippers won 105 - 95 against the Lakers, beating them 4-0 on the season for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team back in 1981. The Clippers winning the Pacific Division title is a first in franchise history, and you would think that to win it in a game against their biggest rivals would be a huge deal.
After the game, the Clippers didn't celebrate on court and they didn't celebrate in the locker room. When interviewed about it, Chris Paul said; ''It just feels like something we were supposed to do…It means we're headed in the right direction. We're not satisfied. We understand this is something small compared to the big picture.''
Paul had 24 points and 12 assists, to which Blake Griffin added another 24 points, and 12 rebounds, in a game that saw an all round strong team effort.
As the division winners, the Clippers will get a top-four seed in the play-offs, but they need to finish with a better record on the season than the team in 5th, in order to get home court advantage. Right now, the team in 5th is the Memphis Grizzlies.
They defeated Lakers played the game without Steve Nash or Metta World Peace, and Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant had a combined 50 points. The loss to the Clippers means that the Lakers play-off chances have been weakened further, especially as their biggest rivals at the moment, the Utah Jazz, beat the Golden State Warriors by 7 points to boost their chances of taking the 8th play-off spot.
The Lakers now need to buckle down and really make a run at their last 5 games in order to pull that play-off spot closer again. The Clippers need one more home win to equal their best ever home win record of 30 games, which they last achieved in the 1974-75 season.