Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and the Lakers secured the seventh playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
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 (45-37), who only clinched a playoff berth about 10 minutes before tipoff in their season finale.
Chandler Parsons hit a tying 3-pointer from three steps behind the line at the regulation buzzer for the Rockets (45-37), who will face top-seeded Oklahoma City.
The Lakers will face second-seeded San Antonio.
Harden scored 30 points and Parsons had 23 for the Rockets, who already knew they were back in the postseason after a three-year absence, but could have ended up in three seedings depending on Wednesday’s results. Houston had a shot at the No. 6 spot before Golden State beat Portland earlier, but Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker on the Rockets.
Grizzlies 86, Jazz 70 — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and host Memphis ended Utah’s playoff hopes.
The Grizzlies’ victory assured the Lakers of making the playoffs even before playing their late game against the Rockets.
Meanwhile, Memphis, the Western Conference’s fifth seed, held out hopes for home-court advantage but the Clippers defeated Sacramento, 112-108, to gain home court in the first round.
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Stephen Curry set an NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 in the Warriors’ 99-88 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore.
Curry surpassed Ray Allen’s single-season 3-point total of 269 set in 2005-06. Curry hit his first midway through the first quarter before making the record-breaker with 6:49 to go in the second. He made two more, hitting 4 of 11 from 3-point range.