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NBA ROUNDUP: Lakers clinch playoff spot

on April 18, 2013 10:00 AM

LAKERS 99, ROCKETS 95, OT: Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and Los Angeles secured the seventh playoff seed in the Western Conference. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers. Chandler Parsons hit a tying 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer for the Rockets.

 

WARRIORS 99, 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. Curry surpassed Ray Allen’s single-season 3-point total of 269 set in 2005-06. LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for Portland.

 

GRIZZLIES 86, JAZZ 70: Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and Memphis ended Utah’s playoff hopes. Mike Conley finished with 14 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and fifth in the past six. Al Jefferson scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Utah.

 

BULLS 95, WIZARDS 92: Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Bulls clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and Nazr Mohammed had 17 for the Bulls. A.J. Price scored a career-high 24 points and John Wall had 23 for the Wizards.

 

HEAT 105, MAGIC 93: Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, Mike Miller added 21 points and Miami wrapped up the regular season with a win. The Heat (66-16) became the 14th team in NBA history to finish with a winning percentage above .800. Nik Vucevic led Orlando, which finished with the NBA’s worst record (20-62), with 20 points.

 

KNICKS 98, HAWKS 92: Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title without playing, and New York finished the regular season with a win. Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and the Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years. The Knicks finished 54-28, their best record since 1996-97.

 

NETS 103, PISTONS 99: Brook Lopez scored 20 points and reserve Andray Blatche added 15 as the playoff-bound Nets held off the Pistons. Kris Humphries had 11 points and Joe Johnson added 10 for Brooklyn. Will Bynum had 23 points for the Pistons, who snapped a four-game winning streak. Detroit will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

TIMBERWOLVES 108, SPURS 95: Derrick Williams had 21 points to help Minnesota beat the Spurs, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio. Chase Budinger added 15 points and Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio had 12 points apiece for Minnesota. Gary Neal and Tim Duncan had 17 points apiece for the Spurs.

 

RAPTORS 114, CELTICS 90: DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Toronto routed Boston to finish its season with five straight wins. Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points for Toronto. Jordan Crawford led Boston with 16 points.

 

BUCKS 95, THUNDER 89: Rookie John Henson scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings had 17 and Milwaukee beat Oklahoma City. Needing to score 70 points to surpass New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant conceded the NBA scoring title by not playing. Reggie Jackson led Oklahoma City with.

 

MAVERICKS 99, HORNETS 87: Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and Dallas finished its worst season in 13 years on a winning note. The Mavericks (41-41) avoided their first losing record since 1999-2000. Al-Farouq Amini had 16 points for New Orleans.

 

BOBCATS 105, CAVALIERS 98: Kemba Walker had 24 points, and Charlotte defeated Cleveland to avoid finishing in the NBA cellar for a second consecutive season. The Bobcats (21-61) finished one game ahead of Orlando. Josh McRoberts added 20 points for the Bobcats.

 

76ERS 105, PACERS 95: Dorell Wright scored 23 points, leading Philadelphia to a victory over Indiana in what was likely Doug Collins’ final game as the 76ers coach. Philadelphia finished the season by winning three of its final four games but still out of the playoffs. Gerald Green led the Pacers with 34 points.

 

NUGGETS 118, SUNS 98: Denver routed Phoenix behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala. Luis Scola’s 17 points and 11 rebounds led the Suns, who wrapped up the second-worst season in team history with a mark of 25-57.

 

CLIPPERS 112, KINGS 108: Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Los Angeles locked up the No. 4 seed in the West. Chris Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Pacific Division champion Clippers (56-26). DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 36 points and a career-best 22 rebounds.

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