The Clippers (53-38) have won six in a row and 10 of 11 games. They were led by Austin Rivers’ 14 points off the bench. Two other reserves, Jeff Green and Paul Pierce, scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Starters Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each scored 12 and Paul doled out 13 assists.None of the Clippers’ starters played in the fourth quarter.Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick tied his franchise record of 200 made 3-pointers in a season set in 2014-15 when he sank his third of the game with 4:59 left in the second quarter. Redick did not get a chance to break the record because he sustained a bruised left heel later in the quarter and did not return. He scored 11 points.Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 14 points, Jarrell Martin had 12 points and Lance Stephenson and Xavier Munford scored 11 apiece. The Clippers are locked into the No. 4 spot in the conference standings, meaning they will play No. 5 in the first round. Entering Tuesday’s action, Dallas (42-39) had the tiebreaker over both Portland and Memphis. The only way Memphis (42-39) would have played the Clippers in the first round would have been to get a victory over the Clippers and a win Wednesday at Golden State. Even then, Memphis still would have needed Portland (43-38) to lose its final game Wednesday against Denver at Portland because Portland has the tiebreaker over Memphis, which has clinched a playoff berth.That leaves Portland and Dallas. If Portland wins Wednesday, it will be the Clippers’ opponent. If the Trail Blazers lose and Dallas (42-39) beats San Antonio at Dallas, then Dallas would finish No. 5 and play the Clippers.The Clippers were a tough defensive group in this game. The Grizzlies, who are without two of their three best players in center Marc Gasol (foot) and point guard Mike Conley (Achilles), shot just 40.7 percent, 25 percent (5 of 20) from 3-point range.The Clippers also forced Memphis into 16 turnovers.“You can see our focus has been really good,” Rivers said. “We are starting to take away individual strengths. If a guy goes right, you can see everybody’s loading up to the right arm. Our talk is better, so, yeah, I love the way we’re playing defense right now.”Paul echoed that sentiment.“I think it would be our defense,” he said, when asked what he liked most about the victory. “Our defense was pretty consistent all night.”Green said it, too.“It started with our defense,” he said. “We got stops, we got out in transition and we got open looks.”DeAndre Jordan, who had seven points and 12 rebounds, also blocked two shots for the Clippers. His backup, Cole Aldrich, blocked three shots, all in the fourth quarter.Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes scored seven points for Memphis. He knows his team will have its work cut out in the playoffs, regardless of the opponent, because center Gasol is out for the season and Conley is likely out.“We just have to have more effort,” Barnes said. “In the playoffs, we know we will be shorthanded, so we are just trying to keep the guys we do have healthy for those games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers on Tuesday entered their second-to-last game of the regular season still not knowing which team they will play in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.There were three possibilities before tipoff, Portland, Dallas and Memphis, which took on the Clippers at Staples Center. To Clippers coach Doc Rivers, it seems like they all want to play his team.“I’ve found that it’s actually funny,” he said. “It’s like all the teams are vying to get to the fifth spot. They don’t even want the eighth spot this year; everyone wants the fifth spot because they get to play us. So I think that’s been interesting watching all these teams fight to hard to play us.”It won’t be Memphis because the Clippers routed the Grizzlies 110-84 before a sellout of 19,147 at Staples Center, eliminating the Grizzlies from consideration.
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