The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 27 points, DeAndre Jordan added 21, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 117-101 on Saturday to earn their franchise record-tying 56th victory of the regular season.
Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists, J.J. Redick had 13 points, and Matt Barnes scored 12 for the Clippers.
DeMarcus Cousins had his seventh straight double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings, who lost their fifth in a row in their last road game of the season.
In other games Saturday:
Hawks 98, Heat 85: ATLANTA — Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Atlanta earned the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. Atlanta’s third straight victory eliminated New York from playoff contention. Williams scored the Hawks’ last 12 points. LeBron James finished with 27 points and Dwyane Wade scored 24 for Miami, which moved into a tie with Indiana for the Eastern Conference’s best record.
Wizards 104, Bucks 91: WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 26 points for Washington, John Wall added 15 points and eight assists and the Wizards clinched the franchise’s first winning record since 2008 — which was also the last time they made the playoffs.
Bobcats 111, 76ers 105: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson continued his dominating play with 29 points and 12 rebounds. It marked the sixth straight game Jefferson had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game — extending his own franchise record.
Celtics 111, Cavaliers 99: CLEVELAND — Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points.
Rockets 111, Pelicans 104: HOUSTON — James Harden had 33 points and 13 assists and Houston remained ahead of Portland in fourth place in the Western Conference
Mavericks 101, Suns 98: DALLAS — Monta Ellis matched his season high with 37 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 23 during a second-half rally that carried Dallas back to the playoffs.
Nuggets 101, Jazz 94: DENVER — Kenneth Faried scored 24 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in Denver’s come-from-behind win.