Pels Are In - Now What?

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(AP) Anthony Davis scored 28 points, Nikola Mirotic had a double-double and the Pelicans beat the Clippers to clinch their first playoff berth in three years.

Mirotic had 24 points and 16 rebounds in the Pelicans' fourth straight victory. It will be just their second playoff appearance in seven years and they made it without big man DeMarcus Cousins, who sustained a season-ending Achilles injury on Jan. 28.

Sindarius Thornwell scored 20 points off the bench, DeAndre Jordan had 15 rebounds and Montrezl Harrell added 15 points for the Clippers, who have lost three in a row while being eliminated from playoff contention.

The Pelicans' playoff seeding remains up in the air - they could be as high as the 4th seed or as low as the 8th in the Western Conference, so Wednesday's regular season finale at the Smoothie King Center against the Spurs is not one to look past.

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