The Clippers currently sit in 3rd in the west with the Warriors in the 6 seed. So, the match-up could happen straight out of the gates in the first round.
In their fourth and final regular season meeting Wednesday night at Staples Center, the Clippers (46-20) won their ninth consecutive game beating their rivals from the north – the Warriors (41-25) – by a 111-98 final score splitting the four-game regular season series with both teams holding home court.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin led the way again for the winners canning 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. In the first half, he collected his 3,000th career rebound becoming only the third player in Association history to have 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before completing his fourth season joining some stellar company - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley.
There were 21 lead changes in the game with the Warriors opening their biggest lead in the third quarter at 76-69. The 13-point margin of victory for the Clippers was their largest lead of the game.
Seven Clippers hit double-figures led by Griffin. Danny Granger popped 14 of his 18 points in the first half. Chris Paul had 16 points on only five of 15 shooting to go along with 11 assists. Willie Green came off the bench to add 13. Matt Barnes and Darren Collison each added 11. DeAndre Jordan had ten points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 26. David Lee added 20. Steph Curry had a paltry 13 points and 11 assists. Andre Iguodala also added 13 while Draymond Green added 10.
The first place Clippers now lead the Warriors by five games in the Pacific Division with 16 games left.
The Clippers are in Utah Friday night to take on the Jazz.