The Clippers won their sixth straight game, beating the Denver Nuggets in their final home game of the regular season, 110-103, at Staples Center on Monday.
With the win, the Clippers (55-26) have clinched home-court advantage in the first round and are in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets. Those three teams are only a game ahead of the sixth-place Memphis Grizzlies.
The game was very close from beginning to end and featured 16 lead changes and 18 ties, both the Clippers and the Nuggets leading by as many as eight points.
The Nuggets (30-51) used a 10-2 run at the top of the fourth quarter and eventually turned a five-point deficit into a six-point advantage, 96-90, with just under six minutes left.
The Clippers retaliated with a 14-1 run to take a seven-point lead, 104-97, with 1:41 remaining after Chris Paul made a layup. Tthe Nuggets were held scoreless for four minutes except for a Kenneth Faried free throw.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 22 points and also had nine rebounds and eight assists. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 21 rebounds. J.J. Redick had 20 points, including three 3-pointers. And Chris Paul had 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 32 points and six rebounds. The Nuggets were playing without Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson, both of whom Nuggets Coach Melvin Hunt opted to rest.
The Clippers won three of their four games against the Nuggets this season, also beating them, 102-98, on Jan. 26 and, 107-92, on April 4. The Nuggets beat the Clippers when the teams played in Denver on Dec. 19, 109-106.