Clippers Beat the Lakers and Clinch their First Division Title (VIDEO)

by April 08, 2013
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For the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers have won the Pacific Division title. For their long-suffering fans, it was especially sweet that the clinch happened during a 109-95 victory against the sputtering LA Lakers. Per the LA Daily News: “A changing of the guard has taken place. The Clippers’ 109-95 win Sunday over the Lakers at Staples Center could seriously dampen the Lakers’ playoff fortunes. The Utah Jazz (40-37) have the edge over the Lakers (40-37) for the eighth playoff seed in the Western Conference because of the regular-season tiebreaker. The Jazz could extend that cushion to one game if it wins tonight against the Golden State Warriors. To add insult to injury, Clippers swept the regular-season series with the Lakers for the first time since the 1974-75 season when they were the Buffalo Braves. In case the Lakers weren’t aware, Clipper Darrell repeatedly yelled “sweep” in the final moments. Meanwhile, the Clippers (51-26) locked the Pacific Division for the first time in franchise history and are only two games behind the Denver Nuggets (53-24) for the third playoff spot.”