NBA roundup: Jordan-led Clippers clinch playoff spot

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[March 28, 2016]  The Sports Xchange
 LOS ANGELES -- DeAndre Jordan had 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a postseason berth with a 105-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Jordan connected on seven of 10 shots from the floor as Los Angeles clinched a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season.

Chris Paul added 14 points and nine assists for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford also scored 14 points, Jeff Green and Wesley Johnson chipped in 13 points apiece and J.J. Redick had 12 points.

Jusuf Nurkic led the Nuggets with 19 points. D.J. Augustin scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and also had 10 assists.

Warriors 117, 76ers 105

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Reserve Marreese Speights scored 11 of his 17 points during a second-quarter runaway, propelling Golden State to a victory over Philadelphia in a matchup of the NBA's winningest and losingest teams.

Klay Thompson recorded his second consecutive 40-point game and Draymond Green had his 12th triple-double of the season as the Warriors completed their third consecutive season-series sweep of the 76ers with their 53rd consecutive home-court victory.


Green finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Carl Landry had 22 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who completed a winless four-game trip.

Kings 133, Mavericks 111

SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins produced another double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Sacramento rolled to its second straight rout.

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 21 points for the Kings, who also won by 22 points against Phoenix on Friday. Rajon Rondo contributed 11 points and 11 assists.

Raymond Felton had 15 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points for the Mavericks. Dallas has lost 10 of its last 12 games.

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Pacers 104, Rockets 101

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 25 points and Monta Ellis added 22 as Indiana slipped past Houston.

Ian Mahinmi had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers. Indiana is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and sits a half-game ahead of the eighth-place Detroit Pistons.

James Harden poured in 34 points to lead the Rockets. Trevor Ariza had 14 points, and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which remains a half-game ahead of Dallas for eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race after the Mavericks also lost Sunday.

Wizards 101, Lakers 88

LOS ANGELES -- John Wall scored 22 points and handed out 13 assists, leading Washington past Los Angeles.

Marcin Gortat collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who ended a two-game losing streak. The Wizards won for the sixth time in eight contests.

Rookie D'Angelo Russell, who sustained an ankle sprain Friday in the Lakers' loss to the Denver Nuggets and was a game-time decision against Washington, scored 22 points to lead Los Angeles.


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