LOS ANGELES The Clippers crossed off one major item from their to-do list, but there was hardly a sense of contentment late Wednesday night and understandably so.
They became the first Clippers team in franchise history to win 50 games in a season, beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101 at Staples Center. Now they have an opportunity to clinch the Pacific Division title on Sunday when they play the Lakers.
Theres something delicious about that thought beat the Lakers and deny their co-tenants a shot at making the playoffs. Hey, they might even want to hang their division banner somewhere in the vicinity of all those NBA championship banners the Lakers currently display on the Staples wall.
The Clippers could have clinched the division had the Golden State Warriors lost on Wednesday, but now they can do it against their downtown rivals.
Thats definitely our motivation, to win the division, Clippers guard Chris Paul said. We want to win it on our own terms if at all possible.