Lakers earn playoff spot with victory
The Los Angeles Lakers are the West's first team in the playoffs. Kobe Bryant made sure of it. Bryant scored the last of his 23 points on a 3-pointer with 1:46 left, and the Lakers secured a postseason spot with a 102-95 victory over the Spurs last night in San Antonio.
The Spurs have been the West's No. 2 team most of the season, and Los Angeles validated that pecking order. The Lakers also wrapped up the Pacific Division in the final rematch this season of the 2008 Western Conference finals.
Tony Parker and Michael Finley led San Antonio with 25 points apiece. Drew Gooden made his Spurs debut after being signed a week ago, but played just three minutes, scoring 2 points and grabbing four rebounds.
Lamar Odom had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles in his return from a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation in Monday's loss to Portland.
One night after ending Houston's 12-game home winning streak, the Lakers wrapped up their road swing by bringing San Antonio's three-game winning string to a halt.
The loss cut San Antonio's lead over the Rockets in the Southwest Division to two games, with the Spurs heading to Houston tomorrow. The Rockets play at Charlotte tonight. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs.
Cavaliers 119, Suns 111 - LeBron James got his third consecutive triple-double and a long-sought first win in Phoenix.
James had 32 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds, and Cleveland won a road game against the Suns for the first time in a decade.
US Airways Center was the only building in the NBA where James hadn't won. Mo Williams added 30 for Cleveland. Matt Barnes scored 21 and Steve Nash 20 as the Suns extended their losing streak to six games, their longest in six seasons.