Clippers clinch No. 4 playoff seed with 115-95 rout of Kings

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This win locked up the No. 4 seed to give the Clippers homecourt advantage against the Jazz.

Because the Clippers made the playoffs, he hasn't played his final game yet, but Wednesday night was his final regular-season game (assuming he doesn't change his mind).

NOTES: The Clippers have a regular-season record of 273-137 over the past five regular seasons, and along with the Spurs are the only teams to win at least 50 games per season in that span. Los Angeles, however, has not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs during that time.

Also recording useful contributions were Blake Griffin, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Luc Mbah a Moute shot 6-of-8 for 14 points and Jamal Crawford scored 13 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which had five starters scoring in double figures for Los Angeles.

"We're ready", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

"To be a really good team, you have to win no matter where it's at, but obviously we would like to have as many games as possible in front of our fans", Crawford said. DeAndre Jordan anchored the defense with two early blocks and had his way with Willie Cauley-Stein on the offensive end, finishing the quarter with seven points and seven rebounds.

"We want to be known as a bunch of hard-nosed guys that care about each other and compete every night, and I think we've laid that down", Kings coach Dave Joerger said. "This is like our baseline". "We move up from there and go to the next level".

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"Missing that many games and with a hamstring it will be tough for him whenever he does come back", said Rivers who expects his son to be back around Games 3 and 4 in Salt Lake City. "We had a game in the first half".

The Clippers (51-31) pulled away in the second half for their seventh consecutive victory since the March 26 fiasco. Gordon Hayward is averaging 21.9 points and 3.5 assists while George Hill is averaging 16.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Los Angeles has won 18 of the last 22 meetings with the Kings. "I don't think I've ever gone into the playoffs thinking about what we didn't do a year ago". Four of the Clippers' five starters remained in the game with 2 ½ minutes to go even though the Kings never made a run.

Sacramento is closing out its 11th straight non-playoff season.

G J.J. Redick's 3-point with 5:17 left in the third quarter was his 201st three of the season, setting a Clippers franchise record.

#StaggerWatch - It only took 82 games, but it sure seems like Doc has mostly embraced the staggering strategy as we head into the postseason. The 39-year-old veteran is retiring at season's end, having spent just two seasons in his hometown of Los Angeles and the majority of his career in Boston. But it was a nice moment as he received a standing ovation from the home crowd.

"They're playing as well as anybody in the league right now", Utah coach Quin Snyder said. "It's been a long ride, it's been a great ride", Pierce said after the game.

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