Los Angeles Clippers Set Franchise Record with 57th Win

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 16, 2014

NBA referee Joey Crawford talks on the court with Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during the NBA basketball game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Clippers won 117-101. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Danny Moloshok

The Los Angeles Clippers earned their 57th win of the season Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, setting a new franchise record for most victories in a single season, per NBA.com/stats.

Sitting at 57-24 with one game remaining, the Clips have also clinched the best winning percentage in franchise history. Even if they lose a meaningless regular-season finale to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, the Clippers—already locked into the Western Conference's No. 3 seed—would finish with an impressive .695 winning percentage.

Prior to this season, the marks for most wins and best winning percentage in franchise history were both held by last season's Clippers, a team that went 56-26 (.682) to obliterate the preexisting records.

Before 2012-13, no team in franchise history had won more than 49 games, a feat that was accomplished in 1974-75 when the team still played in Buffalo and went by the name of Buffalo Braves.

In fact, the three best winning percentages in franchise history have been posted the last three seasons, that time frame corresponding to star point guard Chris Paul's arrival in Los Angeles.

Whether or not the Clips take home a title this year, fans of a franchise with a .382 winning percentage can surely appreciate that the team has won 66.8 percent of its regular-season games since Paul's arrival.