CLIPPERS SELLOUT 100 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES
LOS ANGELES – Over the last two seasons the Clippers have been known for putting together franchise-record streaks.
On Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies they reached another one, selling out Staples Center for a record 100th consecutive time.
The streak includes regular season and Playoff games and is the sixth longest active sellout streak in the NBA behind Dallas, Miami, Chicago, New York and Oklahoma City.
“We have the best fans in the NBA,” Clippers president Andy Roeser said. “Clippers fans are loyal, passionate and supportive. We are proud to celebrate this milestone with our fans, who have helped make Staples Center one of the best home venues in the league.”
The sellout streak began Feb. 2, 2011 against the Chicago Bulls. It was 12 games before the conclusion of Blake Griffin’s jaw-dropping rookie season and followed up the Clippers’ emergence in the national spotlight with January wins over the Heat and Lakers in the same week.
More than two million fans have attended Clippers home games since. The team, led by Griffin and Chris Paul, compiled a record of 72-27 (.727) in the previous 99 games.
Within the 100 sellouts, the Clippers have won their first ever Pacific Division crown (Apr. 4 against the Lakers), recorded their franchise-record 17th consecutive win (Dec. 30, 2012 against the Jazz), and won four Playoff games, including Game 2 of the 2013 first round when Paul made a dramatic runner with one-tenth of a second to go to defeat the Grizzlies, 93-91.
Overall, the Clippers amassed the two best winning percentages in franchise history over the course of the streak, including going a record 56-26 (.780) in 2012-13.