Lakers make playoffs with Utah's loss

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Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, of Spain, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)  Danny Johnston
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Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, of Spain, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah’s playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies’ win meant the Los Angeles Lakers were assured of making the playoffs even before their late game against Houston.

BUCKS 95, THUNDER 89

In Oklahoma City, rookie John Henson scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings had 17 points and Milwaukee Bucks beat the Thunder.

Needing to score 70 points to surpass New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant didn’t play and conceded the NBA scoring title.

NUGGETS 118, SUNS 98

In Denver, the Nuggets secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs by routing Phoenix behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala.

BULLS 95, WIZARDS 92

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Bulls clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

HEAT 105, MAGIC 93

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists, Mike Miller added 21 points and the Heat 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 over .800.

NETS 103, PISTONS 99

In New York, Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Andray Blatche added 15 as Brooklyn held off Detroit.

76ERS 105, PACERS 96

In Indianapolis, Dorell Wright scored 23 points and Evan Turner added 16, leading Philadelphia over short-handed Indiana in what was likely Doug Collins’ final game as the 76ers coach.

RAPTORS 114, CELTICS 90

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Raptors routed Boston.

TIMBERWOLVES 108, SPURS 95

In San Antonio, Derrick Williams had 21 points to help Minnesota beat the Spurs, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.

MAVERICKS 99, HORNETS 87

In Dallas, Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and the Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years on a winning note.

BOBCATS 105, CAVALIERS 98

In Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker had 24 points and seven assists, and the Bobcats defeated Cleveland to avoid finishing in the NBA cellar for a second consecutive season.


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