Clippers set records, reach milestones in final regular-season game
The Clippers swept the Phoenix Suns for the first time in franchise history with a 112-101 win on Tuesday in their final game of the regular season.
That was only one of the milestones. Here are some others:
-- Chris Paul played in all 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career. He averaged 19.1 points on 48.5% shooting, a league-leading 10.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and only 2.3 turnovers a game.
“I think a lot of credit goes to our training staff,” Paul said Monday. “It’s tough, tough to play a full season with all of the minutes and stuff like that.”
-- Paul had a career-high six three-pointers in 11 attempts on Tuesday. Paul has made five three-pointers 11 times, most recently April 1 at Portland.
-- Jamal Crawford moved past Hall of Famer Pete Maravich for 104th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list after scoring 10 points Tuesday. After the game Blake Griffin and Crawford had something of a love fest over Twitter.
Tweeted Griffin: “Congrats to my guy @JCrossover on moving up on the all-time scoring list. It’s a honor to play alongside that man every night.”
Responded Crawford: "@blakegriffin32 --one day I’ll be able to sit and tell my kids I played with you.. Where amazing happens. #MustseeBG!!!”
-- DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds (and 13 points) on Tuesday to give him a franchise-record 1,226 rebounds on the season. The record was previously held by Swen Nater, who had 1,216 rebounds for the San Diego Clippers in 1979-80.
-- Jordan had his 47th double-double of the season Tuesday, tying him for second in the NBA with DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond, trailing only Pau Gasol (53).
The Clippers, who have won seven games in a row and 14 of their last 15, are guaranteed home-court advantage and will be seeded either No. 2 or 3 depending on what happens in Wednesday’s games.
The Clippers’ first-round playoff opponent will be either the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs or Dallas Mavericks.
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