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Griffin scores 30 and Clippers cruise by Knicks 114-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers just want to close out the regular season on a roll. Do that, and they may reach their other goal - the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

That would get them homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and they got a step closer Monday night with a 114-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Clippers used an explosive third quarter, outscoring the Knicks 34-19 to build a 25-point lead. Their starters did not play in the fourth quarter.

With the victory, the Clippers pulled within one game of Utah for fourth place with 11 games to play.

''It's important,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''I would love it. But I'm not going to focus on it.

''I'm going to try and get this team better each game, and then at the end, we'll see where we're at.''

The Clippers looked like a team that could accomplish what it wanted against the Knicks, particularly in the third quarter. They ran off 11 consecutive points during the decisive quarter.

Griffin led the offense with 30 point in 31 minutes. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 13 assists and 13 points.

''That start of the third quarter really hurt us,'' Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.

The Knicks got 18 points from each of Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose, and Carmelo Anthony had 16 points. Porzingis added 11 rebounds.

Using bench players alongside Porzingis, the Knicks cut the Clippers lead down to eight points with 1:33 to play and even to seven points in the last 15.8 seconds.

Rivers, however, never made a move to return his starters and stayed with his reserves.

''Win it or lose it, that was my intention,'' Rivers said.

The Clippers finished with six players scoring in double-figures. J.J. Reddick had 13 points, and reserves Austin Rivers 17 points and Jamal Crawford 14 points.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Have vanished from the playoff picture. Once 16-13, the Knicks are 11-30 over their last 41 games and have lost seven of nine. ... Porzingis returned to the lineup after missing one game with a thigh injury.

Clippers: Have gone with Luc Mbah A Moute as their small forward all season, though he gets the playing time of a reserve. He has started 64 of 69 games, yet is averaging only 22.9 minutes per game.

SILVER MEMO

Rivers said he had yet to see NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's memo to teams threatening ''significant penalties'' if they continued to rest players in primetime games. Said Rivers: ''I haven't read it yet. At the end of the day, each team is going to do what it needs to. It's not a perfect league.''

SECOND UNIT

The Knicks made the final score more respectable because they outscored the Lakers 33-17 in the final quarter, using reserves along with Porzingis.

''Our second team plays hard and they're willing to hit the open guy,'' Hornacek said. ''They just move really well. When the ball moves like that, our second unit is able to have some success.''

THAT'S CONNECTING

Griffin went 12 of 19 from the field, including a somewhat unlikely 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.

''When Blake is aggressive like that, it's great for us,'' Paul said. ''Everybody is sharing the ball and feeding off his energy.''

UP NEXT

Knicks: Travel to Salt Lake City to meet the Jazz on Wednesday. Utah walloped the Knicks in New York in their only previous meeting, 94-79.

Clippers: Are the designated visitor Tuesday in matchup against the Lakers at Staples Center. The teams have split their first two meetings.

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Key Players
C. Anthony
7 SF
B. Griffin
32 PF
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
42.2 Field Goal % 48.0
42.2 Three Point % 47.0
84.8 Free Throw % 74.1
  Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton 0:05
  Sasha Vujacic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 1 Raymond Felton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
+ 1 Raymond Felton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:16
  Personal foul on Chasson Randle 0:15
+ 2 Chasson Randle made driving layup, assist by Marshall Plumlee 0:20
+ 1 Jamal Crawford made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:34
  Team rebound 0:34
  Jamal Crawford missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:34
  Personal foul on Sasha Vujacic 0:34
  Full timeout called 0:35
Team Stats
Points 105 114
Field Goals 40-89 (44.9%) 43-87 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 6-24 (25.0%) 10-31 (32.3%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 53
Offensive 14 9
Defensive 34 34
Team 3 10
Assists 24 25
Steals 6 8
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 2 0
away team logo
K. Porzingis PF 6
18 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
C. Paul PG 3
13 PTS, 5 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Knicks 27-43 23301933105
home team logo Clippers 42-2929343417114
Team Stats
away team logoKnicks 27-43 84.0 PPG 41 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logoClippers 42-29 108.0 PPG 59 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis PF 31.0 PPG 12.0 RPG 1.0 APG 44.0 FG%
B. Griffin PF 29.0 PPG 12.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis PF 18 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
B. Griffin PF 30 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
44.9 FG% 49.4
25.0 3PT FG% 32.3
79.2 FT% 75.0
Knicks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Rose 28 18 4 5 0 0 1 1 6/11 0/0 6/6 1 3 31 -20
K. Porzingis 32 18 11 2 2 0 2 3 9/16 0/4 0/0 3 8 33 -7
C. Anthony 25 16 4 1 0 0 0 3 6/14 1/5 3/3 2 2 22 -14
W. Hernangomez 17 8 9 0 0 0 1 0 3/11 0/0 2/2 5 4 16 -12
C. Lee 22 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 2 8 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Rose 28 18 4 5 0 0 1 1 6/11 0/0 6/6 1 3 31 -20
K. Porzingis 32 18 11 2 2 0 2 3 9/16 0/4 0/0 3 8 33 -7
C. Anthony 25 16 4 1 0 0 0 3 6/14 1/5 3/3 2 2 22 -14
W. Hernangomez 17 8 9 0 0 0 1 0 3/11 0/0 2/2 5 4 16 -12
C. Lee 22 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 2 8 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 27 11 4 3 1 1 0 0 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 4 23 -4
M. Kuzminskas 18 8 4 3 1 0 3 3 2/6 1/4 3/3 2 2 16 -4
R. Baker 20 8 3 2 2 0 1 2 3/5 2/2 0/0 0 3 16 +11
C. Randle 11 7 1 3 0 0 1 3 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 0 13 +10
M. Plumlee 20 4 4 2 0 0 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/4 0 4 10 +9
S. Vujacic 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0 3 +8
L. Thomas 15 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -9
K. O'Quinn 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -5
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ndour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 241 105 48 24 6 1 12 19 40/89 6/24 19/24 14 34 196 -45
Clippers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 31 30 6 2 1 1 1 3 12/19 3/4 3/7 3 3 41 +21
J. Redick 23 14 3 3 0 0 1 1 4/11 3/6 3/3 0 3 22 +8
D. Jordan 28 14 10 0 0 3 0 1 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 27 +16
C. Paul 28 13 5 13 1 0 0 2 5/11 2/5 1/1 0 5 45 +18
L. Mbah a Moute 21 4 3 2 2 0 1 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 0 3 12 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 31 30 6 2 1 1 1 3 12/19 3/4 3/7 3 3 41 +21
J. Redick 23 14 3 3 0 0 1 1 4/11 3/6 3/3 0 3 22 +8
D. Jordan 28 14 10 0 0 3 0 1 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 27 +16
C. Paul 28 13 5 13 1 0 0 2 5/11 2/5 1/1 0 5 45 +18
L. Mbah a Moute 21 4 3 2 2 0 1 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 0 3 12 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 23 17 1 2 0 0 3 4 6/10 1/4 4/5 0 1 19 -7
J. Crawford 29 14 1 0 1 0 1 4 5/10 1/4 3/4 0 1 15 +2
M. Speights 16 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 3 8 +2
P. Pierce 11 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 6 -1
R. Felton 20 2 5 2 2 0 1 2 0/5 0/1 2/2 1 4 12 -9
W. Johnson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -9
B. Bass 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 -11
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 114 43 25 8 4 10 19 43/87 10/31 18/24 9 34 210 +45