Clippers rout Nuggets for record 57th win

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Apr 16 2014 03:38 PM | Updated as of Apr 17 2014 02:23 AM

Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) shoots against Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) and guard Aaron Brooks (0) during the second half at Staples Center. Photo by Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Clippers 117, Nuggets 105

Blake Griffin scored 24 points and point guard Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-105 romp over the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers (57-24) set a franchise record for wins in a season, topping last season's mark of 56.

Los Angeles wraps up the regular season against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Clippers, currently in the number three position in the Western Conference, could rise a spot if they earn a win at Portland and the Oklahoma City Thunder loses at home to the Detroit Pistons.

Griffin will probably not play in Portland after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season, generating an automatic suspension if it is not rescinded.

The technical was called at 3:23 of the second period, but it factored little in the outcome.

Kenneth Faried led the Denver Nuggets with 21 points and six rebounds and Timofey Mozgov added 18 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Even with one game left, the Nuggets (36-45) will finish in 11th spot in the West and out of the playoffs for the first time in ten years.

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Knicks 109, Nets 98

The New York Knicks continued their strong finish to the season, despite being eliminated from the playoffs, with a victory over cross-town rivals Brooklyn.

It was the sixth win in the last eight games for the Knicks (36-45), who defeated the Nets in three of four meetings this season.

Tim Hardaway Jr provided a steady hand with a team-leading 16 points as New York played without forward Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer, who was shut down for the final two games of the season with a partial tear in his right labrum.

The Nets (44-37) had an opportunity to clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, but now will have to win their regular-season finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers or hope sixth-seeded Washington lose theirs.