LA into Western Conference playoffs
April 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the seventh playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Dwight Howard had 16 points and 18 rebounds, and the All-Star center blocked James Harden's shot in the final seconds of overtime for the Lakers, who only clinched a playoff berth about 10 minutes before tipoff in their season finale.
After winning once more without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, Los Angeles will face second-seeded San Antonio in the first round.
Chandler Parsons hit a tying 3-pointer from three steps behind the line at the regulation buzzer for the Rockets, who will face top-seeded Oklahoma City after losing four of six to end the regular season.
Warriors 99, Trail Blazers 88 Stephen Curry set a NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 and Golden State defeated Portland in the teams' season finale.
It was the 13th straight loss for the Blazers, equaling the franchise record set in the 1971-72 season.
Curry surpassed Ray Allen's single-season 3-point total of 269 set in 2005-06. Needing two for the record, Curry opened the game with two straight misses from beyond the arc, but hit his first midway through the first quarter before making the record-breaker with 6:49 to go in the second.
His backcourt teammate Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points. Golden State earned the Western Conference's sixth seed and will face Denver in the first round of the playoffs.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for Portland, which lost its eighth straight at home.
Grizzlies 86, Jazz 70 Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and Memphis ended Utah's playoff hopes.
The Grizzlies' victory meant the Los Angeles Lakers were assured of making the playoffs even before their late game against the Houston Rockets.
Mike Conley finished with 14 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and fifth in the past six. Darrell Arthur finished with 11 points for the Grizzlies, who took the West's fifth seed and will facec the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.