Trans. Apr 16 10:23 ET (Apr 16 10:23 ET ) Will Barton had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, with both teams resting key players in advance of the playoffs. Portland, which sat starting forward LaMarcus Aldridge, ends the regular season on a five-game winning streak. Seeded fifth in the Western Conference, Portland will face the Rockets in a first-round series starting Sunday in Houston. Jamal Crawford had 34 points for the Clippers, who didn't play Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
The Los Angeles Clippers rolled past Denver 117-105 for a club-record 57th win that kept their hopes of claiming the NBA Western Conference second seed alive. Blake Griffin had 24 points -- and was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season -- in the victory on Tuesday. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday, the last night of the regular season, and have the lowly Detroit Pistons beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs.
Chris Paul hit 8-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points and 10 assists in Tuesday's win.
The Scoop:Wow. He's primed and ready to go for the playoffs, and the Clippers are going to be a tough out all the way, and could win it all. Paul's status for Wednesday is up in the air, as their game may not mean anything if the Thunder beat the Pistons early on Wednesday.
The Scoop:J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin are also not with the team. The Clippers can still move up to the two seed with a win and a Thunder loss, so they apparently would rather rest their guys tonight. With Paul out, Darren Collison is likely looking at a very busy night.
LOS ANGELES -- Close to capping their best regular season ever, the Los Angeles Clippers say it would mean little if they don't make a deep run into the NBA playoffs. Forward Blake Griffin scored 24 points and point guard Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists, leading the Clippers to a 117-105 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Clippers (57-24) set a franchise record for wins in a season, topping last season's mark of 56. Added Clippers coach Doc Rivers, "It's nice, don't get me wrong.