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Clippers sweep up Lakers, earning first Pacific Division title

There was no celebrating on court or in the locker room yesterday after the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-95, to clinch the Clippers' first Pacific Division title in franchise history against a team that has long overshadowed them.

Playing as the home team, the Clippers dealt their Staples Center co-tenant's playoff hopes a serious blow. "It just feels like something we were supposed to do," said Chris Paul, who had 24 points and 12 assists. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Clippers swept the Lakers 4-0 for the first time since 1981. Jamal Crawford had 20 points off the bench for the Clippers.

Dwight Howard scored 25 points for the Lakers, who played without injured starters Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. Kobe Bryant had 25 points and 10 assists.

Celtics 107, Wizards 96: Brandon Bass scored 20 points and host Boston got a boost from the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett had 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Pierce had 15 points in 30 minutes.

Cavaliers 91, Magic 85: Alonzo Gee scored 19 points and Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 16 rebounds for host Cleveland. Former Hills West star Tobias Harris had 26 points for Orlando.

Grizzlies 89, Kings 87: Mike Conley scored 25 points and sank the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left for visiting Memphis.

Pistons 99, Bulls 85: Brandon Knight scored 20 points to help host Detroit snap an 18-game losing streak against Chicago.

Jazz 97, Warriors 90: Mo Williams scored 25 points and Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Utah regained the Western Conference's final playoff position.

-- AP

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