Reporting from New York -- With Chris Paul sitting out with a mild left groin strain, the Clippers lost to the New York Knicks, 99-93, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The fifth-place Clippers are now a half-game behind the fourth-place Memphis Grizzlies for home-court advantage in their Western Conference playoff series that starts this weekend.
All the Clippers had to do was win and they would have gotten home court.
The Clippers have to hope the Grizzlies lose at home Thursday night to the Orlando Magic in order to open the playoffs at home.
The Clippers won the season-series, 2-1, over Memphis.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 29 points and 10 rebounds.