LOS ANGELES, Sporting Alert — DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 17 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers closed out the regular season with a 115-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Watch Video Highlights
The triumph meant the LA Clippers extend their winning streak to seven straight games to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Los Angeles will open the postseason at home against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
Both teams ended with similar 51-31 records, but the LA Clippers clinched the tiebreaker after dominating the season series 3-1.
J.J. Redick also scored 18 points, while Chris Paul added 17 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals for the Clippers, who shot 51.8 percent (43-of-83) and outrebounded the Kings 43-37.
“It’s nice to finish the season strong, but all of it us to build habits for the playoffs,” Paul said.
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 told reporters.
“We won the game, we have home court, it’s all good,” he added.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for Sacramento (32-50).
“This is the first year all of us have been together with the coaching staff,” Cauley-Stein said. “This is like our baseline.
“We move up from there and go to the next level.”
Arron Afflalo added 18 points with six assists, Buddy Hield chipped in with 16 points and Ben McLemore ended with 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Kings.
“The Clippers came out with a different edge,” Hield said. “We had a game in the first half.
“They pulled away in the second half.”
Langston Galloway finished with 14 points, six assists and four boards in the defeat, as Sacramento shot 49.4 percent (40-of-81).