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Los Angeles Clippers beat rival Lakers, win first division title | NBA

Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-95 to secure the first division title in franchise history.

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-95 Sunday to secure the first division title in franchise history.

Chris Paul added 24 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who swept the Lakers 4-0 in a season for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. The franchise began play in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves.

Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 20 points for the Clippers.

Crawford attributed the team's winning the Pacific Division at home against the rival Lakers to "the basketball gods set it up that way."

Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant each scored 25 for the Lakers, who are in a battle for the last of eight Western Conference playoff berths.

Utah, a 97-90 winner at Golden State, is eighth in the West at 41-37, a half-game in front of the Lakers.

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Carmelo Anthony collected 36 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting New York Knicks beat host Oklahoma City 125-120 for their 12th straight victory.

Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder.

• Detroit, which had lost the previous 18 times it played Chicago, beat the visiting Bulls 99-85.

Chris Kaman scored a season-high 26 points as Dallas beat host Portland 96-91. The Trail Blazers have lost eight in a row.

• Miami guard Dwyane Wade (right-knee injury) has not ruled out missing the rest of the regular season, ESPN reported.

Marty Blake, who spent more than 35 years as the league's director of scouting before retiring, died in Alpharetta, Ga. He was 86.


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