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Clippers ride Jordan to playoffs

Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan goes up for a dunk against the Nuggets. Jordan has 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots as Los Angeles clinches a playoff spot in the West.

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Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan goes up for a dunk against the Nuggets. Jordan has 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots as Los Angeles clinches a playoff spot in the West.

LOS ANGELES — Each blocked shot by DeAndre Jordan got the Clippers a little bit closer to the postseason.

Jordan had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and his six blocks set the tone as Los Angeles beat the Nuggets 105-90 on Sunday to become the fourth Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

"He's one of the better rim protectors in the NBA," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "And for every shot he doesn't block, he has guys hesitating."

Jordan had four pivotal blocks for the Clippers during a decisive third quarter. Los Angeles outscored Denver 25-12 in the period and led 77-60 heading into the fourth.

"(Denver) dominated us in the paint the last time we played them," Jordan said. "That was a big emphasis for us, to protect our paint, and limit those guys to one shot, try to keep their second-chance points low."

Chris Paul had 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists. Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points for Denver.

Also, the Clippers activated All-Star Blake Griffin, who sat out in the first game of a four-game, team-imposed suspension for punching an assistant equipment manager in January.

Game highlights: Klay Thompson had 40 points, hitting that mark in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and Draymond Green posted his franchise-best 12th triple double as the host Warriors beat the 76ers 117-105. Golden State (66-7) stayed a game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Bulls during their record 72-win season and extended its record home winning streak to 53 dating to last season. … Paul George had 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter and the host Pacers overcame James Harden's 34 points to defeat the Rockets 104-101.

Around the league: Bulls guard Aaron Brooks said he planned to appeal Saturday's two technical fouls, which led to his second ejection from a game in Orlando in 24 days, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Clippers 105, Nuggets 90

DENVER (90): Sampson 1-4 0-0 2, Arthur 2-13 2-2 6, Jokic 2-7 1-2 5, Mudiay 2-15 0-0 4, Harris 4-10 0-0 11, Barton 6-11 0-1 13, Nurkic 9-13 1-2 19, Augustin 5-13 5-6 18, Toupane 1-1 0-0 2, Lauvergne 5-7 0-0 10. Totals 37-94 9-13 90.

L.A. CLIPPERS (105): Mbah a Moute 1-2 0-0 2, Pierce 2-5 0-0 5, Jordan 7-10 2-4 16, Paul 4-11 4-5 14, Redick 4-12 2-2 12, Johnson 5-6 0-0 13, Crawford 3-8 8-8 14, Green 6-13 1-2 13, Rivers 3-8 1-4 8, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 3, Aldrich 2-3 1-1 5, Ayres 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 19-26 105.

Denver 26 22 12 30— 90

L.A. Clippers 31 21 25 28— 105

3sDenver 7-29 (Harris 3-5, Augustin 3-8, Barton 1-3, Jokic 0-1, Lauvergne 0-1, Sampson 0-2, Arthur 0-4, Mudiay 0-5), L.A. Clippers 10-28 (Johnson 3-4, Paul 2-4, Redick 2-7, Prigioni 1-2, Rivers 1-3, Pierce 1-4, Crawford 0-4). ReboundsDenver 55 (Arthur 12), L.A. Clippers 55 (Jordan 16). AssistsDenver 24 (Augustin 10), L.A. Clippers 24 (Paul 9). FoulsDenver 19, L.A. Clippers 19. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers defensive three second. A19,060 (19,060).

Pacers 104, Rockets 101

HOUSTON (101): Ariza 5-12 2-2 14, Motiejunas 3-8 1-2 8, Howard 5-6 1-3 11, Beverley 3-8 0-0 6, Harden 11-22 8-11 34, Beasley 4-11 1-2 9, Capela 4-5 1-2 9, Terry 0-3 0-0 0, Brewer 2-9 4-5 8, McDaniels 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-85 18-27 101.

INDIANA (104): George 8-17 5-5 25, Turner 0-5 0-0 0, Mahinmi 8-12 3-8 19, G.Hill 1-5 0-0 3, Ellis 10-18 2-3 23, S.Hill 1-2 0-0 2, J.Hill 2-4 0-0 4, Lawson 3-4 0-0 6, Stuckey 2-7 0-0 5, Allen 2-2 3-4 7, Miles 4-11 0-0 10. Totals 41-87 13-20 104.

Houston 24 23 32 22— 101

Indiana 30 27 24 23— 104

3sHouston 7-33 (Harden 4-11, Ariza 2-8, Motiejunas 1-3, Beasley 0-1, Terry 0-3, Beverley 0-3, Brewer 0-4), Indiana 9-26 (George 4-8, Miles 2-6, Stuckey 1-3, G.Hill 1-4, Ellis 1-4, Lawson 0-1). ReboundsHouston 54 (Howard 10), Indiana 55 (George, Mahinmi 11). AssistsHouston 17 (Harden 8), Indiana 25 (Ellis 7). FoulsHouston 18, Indiana 23. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second. A17,165 (18,165).

Kings 133, Mavericks 111

DALLAS (111): Matthews 3-7 4-4 12, Nowitzki 6-15 0-0 14, Mejri 1-1 0-2 2, Barea 7-14 0-0 14, Felton 5-12 4-4 15, Pachulia 1-2 0-0 2, Lee 5-7 2-2 12, Harris 3-5 3-4 11, Ju.Anderson 5-13 1-1 11, Villanueva 2-5 0-0 5, McGee 1-3 0-0 2, Powell 3-4 5-7 11. Totals 42-88 19-24 111.

SACRAMENTO (133): Gay 4-10 1-2 9, Acy 3-4 0-0 7, Cousins 7-12 6-10 20, Rondo 4-7 1-2 11, Curry 4-7 4-4 14, Cauley-Stein 8-11 5-5 21, Collison 7-11 2-2 17, Casspi 4-5 1-2 10, Koufos 5-6 0-0 10, McLemore 5-9 2-3 14, Ja.Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 51-82 22-30 133.

Dallas 20 26 33 32— 111

Sacramento 25 38 39 31— 133

3sDallas 8-24 (Nowitzki 2-4, Harris 2-4, Matthews 2-5, Felton 1-2, Villanueva 1-2, Barea 0-2, Ju.Anderson 0-5), Sacramento 9-20 (Rondo 2-3, Curry 2-4, McLemore 2-5, Acy 1-1, Casspi 1-1, Collison 1-2, Cousins 0-1, Gay 0-3). ReboundsDallas 44 (Lee, Powell 6), Sacramento 46 (Cousins 12). AssistsDallas 22 (Felton 5), Sacramento 32 (Rondo 11). FoulsDallas 24, Sacramento 18. TechnicalsMatthews, Pachulia, Sacramento defensive three second. A17,147 (17,317).

Warriors 117, 76ers 105

PHILADELPHIA (105): H.Thompson 2-10 0-0 4, Grant 0-2 0-0 0, Landry 9-15 4-4 22, Smith 9-14 0-0 20, Canaan 3-9 6-6 15, Covington 6-12 0-0 16, Stauskas 4-10 0-0 9, Marshall 0-3 0-0 0, McConnell 4-8 1-2 9, Brand 5-6 0-0 10, Wood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-90 11-12 105.

GOLDEN STATE (117): Barnes 4-9 2-2 10, Green 4-7 3-6 13, Bogut 0-1 0-0 0, Curry 7-16 4-5 20, K.Thompson 15-27 3-3 40, McAdoo 2-3 0-0 4, Barbosa 1-3 0-0 2, Rush 2-2 0-0 5, Speights 7-10 1-1 17, Clark 2-5 2-3 6. Totals 44-83 15-20 117.

Philadelphia 31 24 24 26— 105

Golden State 32 39 25 21— 117

3sPhiladelphia 10-30 (Covington 4-7, Canaan 3-6, Smith 2-4, Stauskas 1-6, Wood 0-1, Marshall 0-1, Grant 0-1, H.Thompson 0-4), Golden State 14-33 (K.Thompson 7-14, Green 2-3, Speights 2-3, Curry 2-9, Rush 1-1, Clark 0-3). ReboundsPhiladelphia 39 (Covington 11), Golden State 54 (Green 11). AssistsPhiladelphia 27 (Smith 10), Golden State 32 (Green 11). FoulsPhiladelphia 20, Golden State 15. TechnicalsPhiladelphia delay of game. A19,596 (19,596).

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