Clippers 109, Lakers 95
Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the visiting Lakers to clinch their first Pacific Division title in franchise history against a team that has long overshadowed them.
Chris Paul added 24 points and 12 assists in helping the Clippers sweep the Lakers 4-0 for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. The 1974-75 team, known as the Buffalo Braves, had the franchise’s only other sweep of the Lakers.
Jamal Crawford had 20 points off the bench, DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds and Caron Butler scored 14 points.
Dwight Howard scored 25 points for the Lakers
Pistons 99, Bulls 85
Brandon Knight scored 20 points to help the Detroit Pistons snap an 18-game losing streak against the visiting Chicago Bulls. Jonas Jerebko added 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds for the Pistons, who ended an eight-game home skid.
Knicks 125, Thunder 120
Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final 2 minutes and the visiting New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder for their 12th win in a row. Smith connected on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing as the 24-second clock expired to put New York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play, then swished a 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds left.
Celtics 107, Wizards 96
Brandon Bass scored 20 points and the host Boston Celtics, helped by the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, beat the Washington Wizards. Bass missed his season high by just two points and led the Celtics with eight points in the third quarter, when they outscored Washington 31-19.
Grizzlies 89, Kings 87
Mike Conley scored 25 points, making the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left and leading the visiting Memphis Grizzlies over the struggling Sacramento Kings. Memphis made some big plays in the game’s final minute to get the victory, its fifth in six games.
Jazz 97, Warriors 90
Mo Williams scored 25 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Utah Jazz regained the Western Conference’s final playoff position. Williams made a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to put Utah ahead by six.
Hornets 95, Suns 92
Anthony Davis scored 20 points, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson added 17 apiece and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their franchise-record seventh home loss in a row.
Mavericks 96, Trail Blazers 91
Chris Kaman scored a season-high 26 points and the visiting Dallas Mavericks boosted their faint playoff hopes. Kaman added 11 rebounds for the Mavericks.