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Clippers keep dream of three seed alive with easy win over Blazers

Apr 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

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In the last couple weeks the Clippers have hit a playoff stride — they had won five games in a row coming into Tuesday night and they were motivated because they still had playoff seeding to play for. On the other side the Trail Blazers had lost 11 in a row and have looked like a team going through the motions the past couple weeks.

Knowing that, this game went pretty much as you’d expect.

Blake Griffin had nine first quarter points on his way to 16, the Clippers blew the game open with a 21-3 run in the second quarter and cruised in with a 93-77 victory. Chris Paul did his usual thing and led the team with 11 assists.

What the win means is the Clippers head into the last game of the season with hopes of the three seed and home court in the first round still alive. To get the three seed the Clippers need to beat the Kings in Sacramento Wednesday, plus they need the Nuggets to lose at home to the Suns. The second part of that is not likely.

Still the Clippers need a win on Wednesday — a victory gives them home court in the first round of the playoffs if they face Memphis. If the Clippers lose and the Grizzlies beat the Jazz, the Grizzlies have home court in that series.

Wednesday’s game is not going to go as smoothly as Tuesday’s did for the Clippers. Few games over the course of a season do.

The Clippers never trailed but, as mentioned above, dominated the second quarter 26-13 and that’s when the game became a rout. In case the Trail Blazers had any dreams of a comeback in the third quarter Caron Butler came out and scored 18 of the Clippers 28 in the quarter to put an end to that. Butler finished the game with 22 points.

Los Angeles got another big night from a Tribe Called Bench — Ryan Hollins and Lamar Odom came in and gave them 12 points and 16 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 9 points.

It was a business-like win for the Clippers on a night they needed a win. One more and they carry a seven-game winning streak into the playoffs — and they will have home court advantage.

  1. @itsChanMann - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I’d like to see the Clip Show in the Finals since LA obviously lost their chances. As far as OKC, I still haven’t agreed on the whole Harden trade…Denver might be a contender since their so balanced also.

  2. thenew013 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    glad i didnt stay up for this one. i got so bored with the raptors game i just had to call it a night. i guess both games were pretty lopsided. tonights game should be pretty good though.

  3. loungefly74 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    the difference between a 3rd and 4th seed is huge for the clips. could be a first round exit if they end up against the Nugs or Griz. Golden State is such a huge drop off from those 2 teams. Either way, a 1st round loss would be an epic disaster for the clips considering the hype/fresh air they brought…

  4. paulhargis53 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    No lounge, the disaster is on the the other side of the building. Putting together a “dream team’ and then underperforming all year and having to scratch and claw for the right to get swept out of the playoffs……that’s the disaster.

  5. mat9844 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    As a big Clips fan, I enjoy watching these games that are smooth and easy, because I know that when the playoffs begin, no game is ever smooth or easy. No matter what seed they are or who they face. But I believe we’re up for the challenge.

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