NBA: Los Angeles Clippers overcome Memphis Grizzlies to win season series
Last Updated: 14/04/13 7:48am
Los Angeles Clippers: Narrow victory over Memphis Grizzlies
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 91-87 to win the season series 3-1, a head-to-head advantage which could prove vital when the NBA play-off fixtures are determined.
The teams are currently seeded fourth and fifth in the Western Conference with two games remaining, and should that remain the case the Clippers - who as Pacific Division winners cannot be seeded lower than fourth - will now have home advantage in the play-off first round.
Both teams, however, are just half a game behind the third-seeded Denver Nuggets.
DeAndre Jordan played a key role with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns 105-93 in the other game in the west.
In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics secured seventh spot in style with a 120-88 hammering of the Orlando Magic, with 34 points in the second quarter and 35 in the fourth. Seven players had double-figure points totals, led by Courtney Lee's 20.
That left the Milwaukee Bucks to settle for eighth after a 95-85 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, for whom Kemba Walker scored 21 points.