NBA playoff picture: Clippers get big win, Nuggets, Rockets have big games Sunday

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The Clippers now own an important tiebreaker while the Nuggets try to hold onto the third seed and the Rockets try to move into sixth place in the West on Sunday.

A win over the Memphis Grizzlies (54-26) Saturday not only pulled the Los Angeles Clippers (54-26) into a tie for the fourth-best record in the West, it gave the Clips a 3-1 season series win and the tiebreaker if the teams remain tied and meet in the first round of the playoffs.

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Both teams still have a shot at moving into third place though, trailing the Denver Nuggets (54-25) by a half game. The Nuggets have a chance to move a full game ahead on Sunday as they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 5 p.m.

The Houston Rockets (44-35) also have an important match-up Sunday. If the Rockets can win at home against the Sacramento Kings, they'll move into a tie with the Golden State Warriors (45-35) for sixth place in the West. Here are the full Western Conference standings:

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD CONF DIV STREAK L10
1 y-Oklahoma City 59 21 0.738 - 33-6 26-15 38-13 10-6 W3 8-2
2 y-San Antonio 58 21 0.734 ½ 35-5 23-16 33-16 12-4 W1 5-5
3 x-Denver 54 25 0.684 36-3 18-22 36-14 10-5 L1 7-3
4 y-L.A. Clippers 54 26 0.675 5 31-9 23-17 33-17 10-5 W5 6-4
5 x-Memphis 54 26 0.675 5 31-9 23-17 32-18 9-6 L1 7-3
6 x-Golden St. 45 35 0.562 14 27-13 18-22 26-24 9-7 L2 6-4
7 x-Houston 44 35 0.557 14½ 28-12 16-23 23-26 6-10 L1 6-4
8 L.A. Lakers 43 37 0.538 16 27-12 16-25 26-24 8-8 W3 7-3
Utah 42 38 0.525 17 30-11 12-27 25-25 8-7 W1 8-2
o-Dallas 39 40 0.494 19½ 23-16 16-24 22-27 5-8 W1 6-4
o-Portland 33 46 0.418 25½ 22-18 11-28 18-31 6-9 L10 0-10
o-Minnesota 30 50 0.375 29 20-20 10-30 16-34 4-11 W1 5-5
o-Sacramento 28 51 0.354 30½ 20-20 8-31 14-35 7-8 L1 3-7
o-New Orleans 27 53 0.338 32 16-24 11-29 15-35 5-9 L3 3-7
o-Phoenix 24 56 0.300 35 16-24 8-32 16-34 5-11 L1 1-9


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