NBA: Lakers last team in, then take 7th seed

2013-04-18T00:00:00Z NBA: Lakers last team in, then take 7th seedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and the Lakers secured the West's No. 7 playoff seed with a 99-95 overtime win over Houston on Wednesday night.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and 18 rebounds and blocked James Harden's shot in the final seconds of OT.

The Lakers (45-37) clinched the last NBA playoff berth about 10 minutes before tipoff, when Utah lost. By beating Houston, L.A. moved up to the seventh seed.

The Lakers will face second-seeded San Antonio in the first round, starting Sunday.

• Grizzlies 86, Jazz 70: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds, and Memphis ended Utah's playoff hopes.

For the Jazz to make the playoffs, Utah needed to win and the Lakers lose.

• Nuggets 118, Suns 98: In Denver, the Nuggets secured the West's third seed by routing Phoenix behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala.

• Timberwolves 108, Spurs 95: In San Antonio, former Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams had 21 points to help Minnesota end a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio. Chase Budinger, another ex-Wildcat, added 15 points for the Timberwolves.

• Heat 105, Magic 93: In Miami, the Heat (66-16) became the 14th team in NBA history to finish with a winning percentage over .800, and Orlando (20-62) finished with the NBA's worst record.

• Warriors 99, Trail Blazers 88: In Portland, Ore., Klay Thompson scored 24 points, and Golden State sent Portland to its 13th straight loss.

• Clippers 112, Kings 108: In Sacramento, Calif., Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, including several big shots down the stretch, and Los Angeles locked up the West's No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round.

• 76ers 105, Pacers 95: In Indianapolis, Dorell Wright scored 23 points to lead Philadelphia, which missed the playoffs. The Pacers' Gerald Green scored a career-high 34 points; the team was locked into the East's third seed.

• Knicks 98, Hawks 92: In New York, Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and New York, the East's No. 2 seed, wrapped up its winningest season in 16 years.

• Bobcats 105, Cavaliers 98: In Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker had 24 points and seven assists, and Charlotte defeated Cleveland to avoid finishing in the NBA cellar for a second consecutive season. The Bobcats finished one game ahead of Orlando.

• Nets 103, Pistons 99: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 20 points and reserve Andray Blatche added 15 as Brooklyn, the East's No. 4 seed, held off Detroit.

• Bulls 95, Wizards 92: In Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds Chicago clinch the East's No. 5 seed.

• Raptors 114, Celtics 90: In Toronto, the Raptors finished their season with five straight wins but missed the playoffs after a 4-19 start. Boston, which lost six of it last nine, is the East's No. 7 seed.

• Bucks 95, Thunder 89: In Oklahoma City, rookie John Henson scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Milwaukee in a regular-season finale lacking any postseason implications.

• Mavericks 99, Hornets 87: In Dallas, Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, and Dallas finished its worst season in 13 years on a winning note.

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