Lakers make playoffs, Anthony top scorer
The Los Angeles Lakers secured a playoff spot even before taking the court, then needed overtime of their own game to learn where they were...
The Los Angeles Lakers secured a playoff spot even before taking the court, then needed overtime of their own game to learn where they were seeded.
The Clippers also had to wait until the final minutes of the NBA regular season to learn their fate, clinching home-court advantage for their first-round series against Memphis.
The Grizzlies guaranteed the Lakers' turbulent season would continue earlier Wednesday when they beat the Utah Jazz 86-70. The Lakers then moved up to the No. 7 seed by outlasting Houston 99-95 in overtime of their regular-season finale.
Without the injured Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will face No. 2 San Antonio on Sunday. Also in the West, No. 1 Oklahoma City hosts No. 8 Houston, the No. 4 Clippers meet No. 5 Memphis and No. 3 Denver hosts No. 6 Golden State.
The playoffs open Saturday with No. 2 New York hosting No. 7 Boston, and No. 5 Chicago visiting No. 4 Brooklyn. Top-seeded Miami hosts No. 8 Milwaukee on Sunday, and the No. 6 Hawks visit No. 3 Indiana.
Carmelo Anthony (28.7) won his first scoring title when he and Kevin Durant both sat out their games.
• Golden State's Stephen Curry set a record for three-pointers in a season with 272 in a 99-88 win in Portland. Curry had four in the game. Ray Allen's mark of 269 was set in 2005-06 with the Sonics. Curry and former Cougar Klay Thompson finished with 483 combined three-pointers, shattering the previous record of 435 by Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson for the most by a tandem.