The Los Angeles Clippers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States after New York City, the most populous city in California, and the county seat of Los Angeles County.
Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.
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The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
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The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena shared with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada.
The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year.
An expansion team is a brand new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area.
The Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers.
San Diego is a major city in California, in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico.
Buffalo is a city in western New York state and the county seat of Erie County, on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River.
In 1984, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles.
Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success.
The Clippers were frequently seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the historically successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.
The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul.
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In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons.
They also added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep.
They repeated as division champions in 2014.