Pacific Division

Clippers Leave Memphis Victorious

Saturday night served as a preview for the opening round of the 2013 post season. The Clippers traveled to Memphis for much more than another regular season game, home court advantage for a seven game series beginning next week was on the line.

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Clippers Capture First Division Crown

It may be against the wishes of Blake Griffin, but the Clippers finally have an option to hang a banner in the rafters of the Staples Center. The 2012-13 season has resulted as a series of firsts for the Clippers with perhaps the most important one coming Sunday.

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Lakers Move Into Playoff Position

Moving two games above .500 should hardly be an accomplishment for a team with four future Hall-of-Fame players and the only team with a $100 million payroll. A sluggish start to the season forced Kobe Bryant to guarantee his team would make the playoffs. 

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Warriors Victorious in Sleeved Jersey

Maybe Golden State’s new sleeved jersey provided a little extra protection against a seemingly unbeatable foe. Not only did the Spurs (44-13) enter Friday’s contest with the best record in the NBA, but they have also won each of the previous 16 contests against the Warriors, last losing to Golden State 130-121 in overtime on Jan. 7, 2008. 

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Warriors Unveil New Style Uniforms

Golden State will have something new by its side the next time it faces the Spurs. The last time the Warriors defeated San Antonio it was a 130-121 overtime victory Jan. 7, 2008, and have fallen each of the last 16 times against the perennial Western Conference power. 

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Lakers Secure a Much Needed Victory

For one night it all came together for the Lakers. The back court duo of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant blended together perfectly to defeat Oklahoma City 105-96 on a nationally televised game. Perhaps for the first time all season, the Lakers caught their opponent off balance. 

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The Rebirth of the SuperSonics is Close

The return of the NBA to Seattle is no longer just a far fetched dream. While a deal hasn’t been finalized, negotiations are close between the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings and an investment group from Seattle to sell the franchise for $500 million and then immediately relocate to the Pacific Northwest. 

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Clippers Win Streak a Franchise Record

The Staples Center may have to clear some room in its rafters to hang banners for its other basketball tenant. While an NBA title is still a long way off for the Clippers, the team has emerged as the top contender in the Pacific Division and the Lakers are two games below .500. 

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Golden State Wins Fifth Straight Contest

Wednesday was supposed to be a reality check for the surprising Warriors. Golden State had won four straight contests, all on the road, and was making its lone stop in Miami to face the defending champions. The final six points of the game were all scored by the Warriors, with rookie forward Draymond Green converting an alley-oop with just 0.9 seconds remaining to secure …

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Phoenix Lacks Direction During Rebuild

The final possession for Phoenix Sunday night at Philadelphia offered a perfect summary of its season. The Suns trailed by two with 14.1 seconds remaining and turned to Michael Beasley, a 6-foot-9 forward that scored eight of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter. The play was simple, an isolation for Beasley against 76ers forward Evan Turner. 

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