Clippers win season finale and now await Western Conference playoff opponent

The Clippers got just what they wanted to end their regular season in Phoenix, a win over the Suns. 

After a 112-101 victory over the Suns, the Clippers finished with a 56-26 record and have won at least 56 games for the third consecutive season. 

A day earlier, the Clippers already locked up homecourt advantage for at least the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. 

The Clippers have won 14 of their last 15 games heading into the postseason and earned either the No. 2 or 3 seed for the playoffs. The Clippers can still play either Houston, San Antonio, Dallas or Memphis. 

Their road travel during the first round has been narrowed to two states – Texas or Tennessee. 

Tomorrow is the last day of the NBA’s regular season, and the wild, wild west is coming down to the final game. If San Antonio and Houston both lose, the Clippers will earn the No. 2 seed and play Dallas. In all other scenarios, the Clippers will earn the No. 3 seed and play either Memphis, San Antonio or Houston. 

In either case, the Clippers are playing Game 1 of the first round at Staples Center either Saturday or Sunday.

And, Doc Rivers told reporters in Phoenix that he planned to have a team get-together for dinner on Wednesday. Now, they’ll be watching the Indiana at Memphis game as an appetizer. 

In the earlygoing against Phoenix, the Clippers were rolling and led by as many as 30 points. The Suns rallied against the Clippers bench, which played well in spurts. But Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan had to come in for the final few minutes after Phoenix had cut the lead to 11 points. 

Several Clippers records were broken Tuesday.

DeAndre Jordan broke the all-time single-season rebounding record for the Clippers, passing Swen Nater, with 1,226 rebounds. He also has the single-season record of offensive rebounds with 397. Jamal Crawford passed Pete Maravich on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list to move to No. 104. 

Rivers earned his 700th victory. J.J. Redick – who is having a career-best season – broke the Clippers single-season record for 3-pointers made with 200. And Chris Paul made six 3-pointers, the most ever in a game and played all 82 games this season for the first time in his career. 

The game had a little bit of everything, including a visibly heated discussion between Paul and Blake Griffin on the court near the end of the first half.

"I don’t mind at all," Doc Rivers told reporters. "I hate when stuff goes un-said. They were upset at one of the plays. Blake was more upset at himself. I didn’t mind at all … it’s nice. we were up huge and they were mad about a miscommunicated play. I kind of like that."

RECAP: Paul, Griffin shoot Clippers past Suns, 112-101

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And perhaps, even Spencer Hawes got going. Hawes has struggled to make any impact all season, and he made a 3-pointer that ignited the Clippers bench. He made that one 3-pointer and 5 of his 7 field goals for 13 points. 

"They were excited. They’ve been encouraging me all year," Hawes said. "It’s been a long year for me. It’s a fresh start right now. It’s time to get going."

Austin Rivers sat out with a sinus infection Tuesday and even Lester Hudson, signed to a multi-year deal recently, finished with 11 points on 4 of 5 shots. 

The Clippers weren’t able to rest their starters over the last two game with playoff seedings in the balance, but they’ll be able to rest Wednesday as they watch and wait to find out their first-round playoff opponent.