Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers officially clinched a playoff spot and the division title on Sunday (April 7), following their win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
After beating the Lakers, 109-95, the Clips earned the team’s first Pacific Division title in franchise history… against a team that has long overshadowed them.
CP3 said, after the game, it was supposed to happen. The team also swept the Lakers, 4-0, this season for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981.
“It just feels like something we were supposed to do,” he said. “It means we’re headed in the right direction. We’re not satisfied. We understand this is something small compared to the big picture.”
The 1974-75 team, known as the Buffalo Braves, had the franchise’s only other sweep of the Lakers.
As the division winner, the Clippers are guaranteed a top-four seed, but will only open the playoffs with home-court advantage if they finish the season with a better record than the team in fifth, which currently is Memphis.