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NBA Playoffs 2012: Lakers Closer To No. 3 Seed After Clippers Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers are two wins away from clinching the No. 3 playoff seed in the Western Conference and a Pacific Division championship.

The Los Angeles Clippers' 93-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night put the Clippers (39-34) one game back behind the Lakers (40-23).

The Lakers can clinch the No. 3 seed by going at least 2-1 in the team's remaining games against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. This task won't be easy for the Lakers as the Spurs and the Thunder are No. 1 and No. 2 in the Western Conference respectively.

Meanwhile, the Clippers need to keep on winning to possibly steal the No. 3 seed away from the Lakers or lock down the No. 4 seed. The Clippers remaining three games are against New Orleans, Atlanta and New York. The Memphis Grizzlies (37-25) could take the No. 4 seed and the home-court advantage with it if they win their final four games.

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