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By NOEY KUPCHAN

Posted Apr 11 2014 12:51PM

After coming up short against the Northwest Division leaders, the Los Angeles Clippers are still one win away from matching the franchise record set last season.

They have to like their chances of getting there with the Sacramento Kings coming to town.

Los Angeles tries to get back on track Saturday as it goes for a seventh consecutive home win over the Kings, who have not won a road game against a playoff contender in 2014.

The Clippers (55-24) easily got by the last-place Lakers 120-97 on Sunday, but they couldn't keep up in Wednesday's 107-101 defeat to Oklahoma City. Los Angeles climbed within one after trailing by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter but couldn't complete the comeback.

"We've got to be able to not have so many runs, not have to fight back so much," All-Star point guard Chris Paul said. "We've done that all season long. We're down, we know the game is never over."

Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Paul scored 25, but they accounted for seven of the Clippers' 17 turnovers which led to 22 points for the Thunder.

"Every once in a while you want to win a game too bad, and you get in the way of yourselves," coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought tonight we were in the way of ourselves a lot. That's fixable."

That loss likely cost the Clippers any chance they had at catching Oklahoma City for second place in the Western Conference, but Griffin isn't concerned about their seeding.

"We're going to have to play three tough teams to get to the finals no matter what seed we are," he said. "If we were 1 or we were 8, we would have to play some tough teams home and away."

The Clippers have three more chances to pick up win No. 56, a feat they accomplished with last year's 112-108 victory at Sacramento on the last day of the regular season. Los Angeles is 12-2 against the Kings since 2010-11, including 6-0 at home.

The Clippers have taken the last four matchups overall, though they all came down to the wire. These teams met three times in November but haven't played since.

The Kings (27-52) have dropped four in a row for the first time in more than two months after falling 100-99 at Portland on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points and rookie Ray McCallum added 23 for Sacramento, which surrendered the game-winning 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left.

"We're playing against great teams that are playing for something and it's not like they aren't giving it their all," McCallum said. "So to know that we can compete with some of these top teams should give us a lot of confidence."

McCallum has averaged 7.2 assists starting the last nine games in place of injured point guard Isaiah Thomas, scoring at least 22 points in three of the last six. He's posted a combined 19 in the other three, though, while shooting 22.5 percent.

The Kings are surely hoping to avoid Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who is nearing a return after sitting out with a sore Achilles' tendon. Crawford had 31 points, 11 assists and a season-high seven rebounds in a 104-98 overtime victory at Sacramento on Nov. 29.

"I'll be able to get out there before the season ends," Crawford told the team's official website. "I wouldn't come back if it would (put me in jeopardy) having to sit out again in the playoffs."

The Clippers host Denver on Tuesday before closing the regular season at Portland on Wednesday.

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I didn't see a gameday thread, so I created one. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes.

Hate these games when our playoffs fate is already decided. Guys thinking only about not getting injured takes them out of their usual game.

For these next two, I'd like to see Reggie, Duds, Turk and Hollins get huge minutes for their rhythm and confidence... and Jamal play as much or as little as he wants. Portland will provide a more-than-adequate warmup game for the starters.

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^^Nope- thanks Cleepers- beat me to it.

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Jamal will indeed play today. You certainly don't want him to be overexerting himself, so a game like this is a good one for him to get some rust off. Looking forward to a bounce-back game from JJ Redick as well.

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Great early game match up.

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I want to see JJ and Crawford get a lot of the rust off today. Everyone else should be cool. But I feel like we are some what out of rhythm, so let's get the real second unit playing together. AKA, Collison, Crawford - Dudley/ Granger - Turkgolu - Davis

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^ Actually, JJ and Jamal played really well together early in the season (seems like years ago now). Be nice if they see some time together today while CP3 rests up.

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Dayum!

Settle down, DJ.

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Work sequence by DJ in his entire career lol

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Clips look sharp offensively.

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We need reggie Evans

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Clips are just trading baskets so far. I hope they get more defensive stops and take the lead for good.

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^ Got a feeling we'll carry on like this, then switch gears at the beginning of the 3rd to grab a lead.

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LOL. Ralph is destroying Mike Smith

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Gotta dunk that, Blake!

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What the hell... That was a crazy ass sequence. CHAOS!

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So glad we have Big Baby --- he can maul Cousins for all 6 fouls, lol.

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JJ skied to get that board

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I feel more and more confident of this team as the rotations become set. Now all you do is replace Dudley with Granger. Who was getting more minutes than Dudley was getting and took some from Barnes when he was healthy.

I love this team. I am excited for Playoffs. I gotta buy me some playoff gear. Any suggestions?

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Man, DJ needs to make his free throws. These hack-a-DJ ploys are annoying.

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Dj regressing big time

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Wtf DJ?.... Make a dam ft....

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DJ is rushing them. Clips have a great crowd. That was really nice of them

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I love how the fans encouraged DJ and he makes his second shot right after, lol.

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Thank you, CP, for that bingo!

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Has reggie Evans shut down blake?

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Mr. First Quarter JJ had 9 points. He's coming back to form just in time for playoffs.

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Doc Maclean going in on Malone.

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Would be funny if Mike Malone started the hack a DJ right now.

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Blake just DENIED Cousins COLD.

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yea... sounded kinda pissed.. lol...

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Matt barnes sucks again. But that was an awesome block by blake

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I think Doc is going to use this game to try some things since these games really don't matter. Like doubling players to see how are rotations are and using different offensive schemes!

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my screen went dark for 1 play..

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Granger needs to start Sad... when healthy of coarse.

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Is there a reason why reggie now makes free throws but didn't even try to make them when he played for us??

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Omg falling apart

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lol... Blake took like 6 steps

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reggie evans a scorer?

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when he was with us he could not create his own shot, could not shoot free throws.. all he could do is rebound.

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Same happened to me but it is good to know that BG can also dunk in the dark!!! Razz

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We aren't falling apart. This late in the season. These guys are basically playing pick up ball and seeing what they can and cannot do. You are prone to turnovers when you do that. We know they will not be doing that come playoff time

One thing I noticed is that Darren Collison completely disappeared. Is it because of Jamal? Is he injured? Who Knows?

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Cousins is on the ground every other play. omg..

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Granger Danger... we are waiting on you.

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Blake freaking Griffin... great play

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great pass griffin

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ouch.. bad call ref

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there cousins is again.... on the ground..

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Big Baby dunks. Is that the first one he has gotten with the Clips?

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