NBA scores: Clippers edge Grizzlies in possible playoff preview


The Clippers beat the Grizzlies Saturday, but the teams could be seeing a lot more of each other soon.

The Los Angeles Clippers picked up more than just a big road win by beating the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, 91-87. The Clippers assured themselves of homecourt advantage if the two teams remain tied in the standings after the season's final two games and play each other in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

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The win gave the Clippers (54-26) a 3-1 victory in the season series, meaning they'd hold the tie-breaker over Memphis (54-26). The teams are currently fourth and fifth in the Western Conference respectively. Both teams are guaranteed to finish no worse than fifth, but either team could move up a spot -- they trail the Denver Nuggets by just a half game for third place in the West.

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks and Chris Paul scored 13 points, including a free throw with 18 seconds left to give the Clippers the lead for good.

Marc Gasol had 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, but the Grizzlies shot just 41 percent from the field.

It was the Clippers' fifth straight win.

Boston Celtics 120, Orlando Magic 88

Courtney Lee led seven Celtics in double figures with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 17 and Jordan Crawford had 16 points off the bench. Tobias Harris had 22 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Charlotte Bobcats 95, Milwaukee Bucks 85

Josh McRoberts had 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Bismack Biyombo had 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead Charlotte. Mike Dunleavy had 19 points for the Bucks.

Minnesota Timberwolves 105, Phoenix Suns 93

Ricky Rubio had 24 points and 10 assists and J.J. Barea scored 16 off the bench. Markieff Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Suns.

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