Chris Paul led the LA Clippers to a franchise record 57th season win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at the Staples Center, as their hunt for the second seed remains strong.
Paul and teammate Blake Griffin scored over 20 points each to lead the home side to victory, although the latter will miss the last regular game of the season due to suspension.
Griffin was pulled up for his 16th technical foul of the season after catching Timofey Mozgov in the face in an attempt to get the ball. Afterwards though, he was hopeful of the decision being overturned.
"It was one of those ones that was kind of a continuation. If I make a play on
the ball and I hit the ball first, and he gives me a tech for that, I'm not sure
if that's going to stand up." he told ESPN.
Power forward Griffin and J.J Redick are likely to be given a rest in the final game of the season on Wednesday night.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers allowed his reserves to see out the game in the fourth quarter, even though they were given a scare when the Nuggets brought it back to within five.
In preparation for the play-offs, Rivers confirmed he wanted some of the backup players to gain some vital confidence in case they are called upon at any point.
"I wanted them to figure it out,... That's a confidence booster for them to close it out."
The Clippers travel to Portland as they take on the Trail Blazers Wednesday, hoping that they can still snatch the second seed position in the Western Conference, whilst current second seed holders the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Detroit Pistons tonight as well.
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