Los Angeles will now prepare for a first-round matchup against the Utah Jazz beginning Saturday night.

"This team has grown a lot", Blake Griffin said. In doing so, they locked down the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, giving them home-court advantage in their opening-round series against the Utah Jazz.

Blake Griffin is averaging 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18.1 points and 9.2 assists.

The Clippers bench, and even coach Doc Rivers joined in on the fun and forced Pierce to enter the game.

With the victory, the Clippers matched the Jazz with a 51-31 record.

"We would love home court", Rivers said before the game. The Jazz made them earn the four-seed, beating the Spurs in a close contest that wrapped up as the Clippers clung to a modest, six-point lead at the half. Buddy Hield had 16, Ben McLemore added 15 and Galloway contributed 14.

The opening minutes of the second half found it hard for the Clippers to begin to pull away despite several big shots from Redick, but as the third quarter wore on, a more-assertive Paul kicked things into another gear and the floodgates opened. But the Clippers are tough to bet against in their current form and there's the fact this team knows this may be their last shot with many key guys being free agents in a few months.

"We want to be known as a bunch of hard-nosed guys that care about each other and compete every night, and I think we've laid that down", Kings coach Dave Joerger said.

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Cauley-Stein had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Arron Afflalo added 18 points. "Obviously, we do see a lot of places where they can get better but that's what this is for - we're letting go out there and letting them play".

Los Angeles has won 18 of the last 22 meetings with the Kings. He's always good for one or two head-scratchers per broadcast, but this personal divulgence has to be atop his most random of the season. "We will play our regular rotation against Sacramento on Wednesday".

Sacramento is closing out its 11th straight non-playoff season.

When the deal went down, the Kings were just 1 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot with a favorable schedule ahead that included three games against Denver, the team that held the eighth spot at the time.

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard JJ Redick drained three three-point shots in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Sacramento Kings, setting a new single-season bar at 201 for the most made in a single campaign, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

#StaggerWatch - It only took 82 games, but it sure seems like Doc has mostly embraced the staggering strategy as we head into the postseason.

The Clippers showed a tribute video for Paul Pierce during the game's final timeout. This is the third consecutive season that he has reached the mark (amazingly, he hit 200 exactly each of the past two years), which makes him the fourth player to ever accomplish such a feat (joining Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and James Harden). But it was a nice moment as he received a standing ovation from the home crowd.