(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers (51-26) cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers (40-37), 109-95 on Sunday to claim their first Pacific Division title in franchise history.
Chris Paul led the way for the Clippers with 24 points and 12 assists and Blake Griffin chipped in with 24 points and 12 rebounds of his own in the win.
“It just feels like something we were supposed to do,” said Pau. “It means we’re headed in the right direction. We’re not satisfied. We understand this is something small compared to the big picture.”
The last time the Clippers swept the season series with the Lakers was when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season.
“It’s always good to sweep a team in your division, in the West,” said Griffin. “I’m proud of how we won the game a little bit differently. We kept up a nice tempo the whole game.”
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and 10 assists in the loss. The Lakers are now in a tie with the Utah Jazz for the final spot in the West.
“We’ve got a bigger challenge than worrying about beating the Clippers in one game,” Bryant said. “They obviously performed extremely well against us all four times. Our concern is playing well in order to get into the playoffs, get guys healthy, and go in there and see what we can do.”
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