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April 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Metta World Peace is back in the lineup for the Lakers, but he'll remain a reserve until his knee improves. "Physically, he was limping and didn't look good last game," said Coach Mike D'Antoni of World Peace's four-point performance Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. "He'll eventually be back in the starting lineup, as soon as he gets back to his normal form. " Even World Peace was surprised that he was able to return 12 days after undergoing knee surgery for torn cartilage.
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April 13, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-87, by meeting the challenge of what was at stake for both teams. By winning their fifth consecutive game, the Clippers clinched the season series against Memphis, three games to one, and now need only to win their last two games to be assured of having home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers and Grizzlies have the same record, 54-26. But because the Clippers are Pacific Division champions, they occupy the fourth-seeded position in the Western Conference, ahead of fifth-seeded Memphis, and own the tiebreaker that determines home-court advantage if the teams meet in the playoffs.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 43-37, Spurs 58-21. Record vs. Spurs: 0-2. Update: The Spurs have struggled lately, going 5-5 as injuries sidelined Tony Parker (neck and ankle) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring). Parker, though, returned Friday and had 22 points and 10 assists in a 108-101 victory over Sacramento. The Spurs are half a game behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.
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April 13, 2013
SAN ANTONIO AT LAKERS: Sunday, 6:30 p.m. TV: TWC SportsNet. The Lakers suddenly have bigger worries than their playoff fortunes. Kobe Bryant's Achilles' injury has thrown their future into disarray for this season and beyond. Free-agent-to-be Dwight Howard could either be playing out his final two games as a Laker or securing his spot as the future centerpiece of the franchise. His decision to return would certainly be simplified should the Lakers make the playoffs. But they must first get past the Spurs, whose bid to overtake Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference got a boost Friday when Tony Parker returned after missing two games with soreness in his shins and neck.
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April 12, 2013
When: 5. Where: FedEx Forum. On the air: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 53-26, Grizzlies 54-25. Record vs. Grizzlies : 2-1. Update: Both the Clippers and Grizzlies will be playing in the second of back-to-back games. The Clippers have a four-game winning streak; the Grizzlies have won three in a row. - Broderick Turner
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April 11, 2013
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 19 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-95 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 31st home win of the season. Paul added 11 assists, and Willie Green had 15 points in breaking the old mark of 30 wins by the 1974-75 team, when it was known as the Buffalo Braves. The Clippers improved to 31-9 at home, three days after clinching their first Pacific Division title in franchise history.
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April 10, 2013
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 51-26, Timberwolves 29-47. Record vs. Timberwolves: 3-0. Update: The Clippers give up 94.8 points per game, the fourth-stingiest defense in the NBA. They average 9.7 steals per game, tops in the league. The Timberwolves give up 97.9 points per game to rank 15th in the NBA. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will have surgery on his left knee this week and will be out for the rest of the season.
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April 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
  Miami held Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of Wednesday's game in Washington. A couple of hours later the Nuggets, who recently lost Danilo Gallinari for the season, played the banged-up Spurs without Ty Lawson. And the Knicks expect to be missing Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin on Thursday in Chicago, where the Bulls will be without Joakim Noah. With the end of the regular season just a week away, several playoff teams are limping toward the finish line, struggling to either manage injuries or to rest key players in preparation for the postseason.
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