Doc Rivers insists he doesn't stress about the standings or speculate about seeding.
If he decides to look Sunday, he'll be delighted with how high his Clippers have climbed.
Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points to extend the best scoring streak of his career, and Los Angeles beat the New York Knicks 124-113 for its fifth straight victory.
Lou Williams had 29 points and fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell added 24 to provide their usual potent play off the bench for the Clippers, who moved into sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference.
A team that once appeared to be fighting just to make the playoffs is an NBA-best 14-4 since Feb. 9, positioning itself to avoid a powerhouse such as Golden State in the first round.
"We're ready to play whoever we end up playing," Rivers said. "In the meantime, let's just keep winning games and everything will take care of itself."
Gallinari made a go-ahead three-pointer with 4:12 remaining to make it 106-104, then hit a pair of free throws before Williams made another three to push it to 111-104 with 3:02 to go. The Clippers then pulled away from there to win for the 10th time in 11 games.
Gallinari, the Knicks' first-round pick in 2008, has scored 20 or more in his past nine games.
"The last quarter our intensity went up, our defense was better and we were able to make some clutch plays at the end," he said.
L.A. Lakers 111, Sacramento 106: Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the Lakers ended a five-game losing streak with a home victory over the Kings. JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.
Golden State 121, Detroit 114: Stephen Curry was back after a night off, and all was well again for the Warriors. Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the Warriors rebounded at home a night after a blowout loss with a victory over the Pistons.
Milwaukee 127, Cleveland 105: Giannis Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by an ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Bucks over the Cavaliers at home. He made 11 of 16 shots and had seven assists in 32 minutes.
Charlotte 115, Toronto 114: Jeremy Lamb banked home a half-court three-pointer at the buzzer and the visiting Hornets beat the Raptors for a third straight win. Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the other end. Charlotte got a final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds left. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the back court and launched the game-winner.
Houston 113, New Orleans 90: James Harden scored 28 points in a little less than 29 minutes, and the visiting Rockets downed the Pelicans. Chris Paul had 10 points and 13 assists, and Eric Gordon added 18 points for the Rockets, who hit 21 threes in winning for the fifth time in six games.
Indiana 124, Denver 88: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half to lead the Pacers over the Nuggets. Myles Turner had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.
San Antonio 115, Boston 96: LaMarcus Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Spurs gave the shorthanded Celtics their fourth straight loss.