DENVER, CO - APRIL 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks to dunk the ball against JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Clippers Vs. Nuggets: L.A. Wins 5th Straight In Denver

The Clippers won their season series against the Nuggets 3-1, including two wins in two games in Denver.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Lakers, Clippers Move Closer To Clinching No. 3, No. 4 Seeds

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers both won on Wednesday night, continuing their race for the Pacific Division crown. The Lakers outclassed Golden State in Oakland 99-87 behind Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, while the Clippers won 104-98 in Denver behind another strong game by Chris Paul.

The Lakers remain a half-game ahead of the Clippers, with three games remaining for the Lakers and four for the Clippers. The Lakers hold the tiebreaker in what essentially is a race for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

NBA Western Conference Standings
Seed Team W-L Pct GB Remaining Games
3 Lakers 40-23 .635 --- 1 home / 2 road
4 Clippers 39-23 .629 ½ 1 home / 3 road
5 Memphis 37-25 .597 1 home / 1 road
6 Dallas 35-28 .556 5 1 home / 2 road
7 Denver 34-28 .548 1 home / 3 road
Through games of April 18

The Lakers' magic number to clinch the Pacific Division and No. 3 seed is three, which would get them a first-round date with likely either Dallas Mavericks or Denver Nuggets. The Clippers' magic number to clinch at least the No. 4 seed over the Memphis Grizzlies is two, as the Clippers hold the tiebreaker over the Grizzlies.

The Clippers are in position to have home court advantage in the playoffs for the first time in their history. The Clippers battle the Suns in Phoenix on Thursday night.

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll. For all your Clippers information, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Edge Nuggets In Final Seconds, Win 104-98

The Los Angeles Clippers rode hot three point shooting to a victory over the Denver Nuggets, hitting 14 of 24 threes to get a narrow victory. The Clippers now maintain proximity to the Lakers in the Western Conference standings and keep their hopes for the Pacific Division crown alive.

Chris Paul put up 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals, Blake Griffin added 12 points, seven boards and five assists, Mo Williams and Nick Young nailed seven threes combined, and Caron Butler put in 14 points.

Kenyon Martin had the go-ahead tip-in to make it 98-96 Denver with around half a minute left, Ty Lawson missed the subsequent game-tying layup, and the Clippers iced the game at the free throw line. Lawson had 24 points and six assists to lead the Nuggets.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets: L.A. Seeks 5th Straight Win

The Clippers have beaten the Nuggets in two of three matchups this season.

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