Blake Griffin slams dunk in front of Kevin Durant in LA Clippers' win over the Thunders on April 17, 2012.
The streaking Los Angeles Clippers knocked Oklahoma City out of first place in the Western Conference with a forceful 92-77 victory on Monday that clinched the hosts a first playoff berth in six years.
Nick Young led a balanced attack with 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 and 11 rebounds and the Clippers overwhelmed the visiting Thunder in the second half to reach the post-season for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.
"It feels great, especially to do it against one of the top teams in the league," Young said. "I was too excited (after the game). I ran to the back and was slapping hands with everyone."
Winners in 12 of their last 14 games, the Clippers (38-23) also have a shot at their first ever division title, trailing the Los Angeles Lakers by a game in the Pacific Division, and for third in the West.
The Thunder (44-17), meanwhile, slipped percentage points behind San Antonio in their see-saw tussle for the top seed in the conference.
In other games, it was: Jazz 123, Mavericks 121 (triple OT); Heat 101, Nets 98; Hornets 75, Bobcats 67; Wizards 87, Bulls 84, Nuggets 105, Rockets 102; and Hawks 109, Raptors 87.
Elsewhere, it was: Pacers 111, Timberwolves 88; Magic 113, 76ers 100; Suns 125, Trail Blazers 107; and Spurs 120, Warriors 99;
In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored 28 points and equaled a career-high with 26 rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated Dallas 123-121 Monday in triple-overtime.
In Newark, New Jersey, LeBron James scored Miami's final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 to lead the Heat past the Nets.