Lakers make playoffs on final day, Knicks' Carmelo Anthony wins NBA scoring title

Published April 18, 2013

| Associated Press

The Los Angeles Lakers secured a playoff spot even before taking the court, while the race for home-court advantage went into the final set of games.

The Lakers learned their turbulent season would continue when Memphis beat the Utah Jazz 86-70 on Wednesday night. That guaranteed Los Angeles a postseason spot, and the Lakers could even move up to the No. 7 seed by beating Houston in their regular-season finale.

The Grizzlies were hoping their victory would give them home-court advantage in a first-round series against the Clippers, but Los Angeles would get it by winning at Sacramento in what could be the Kings' final game there.

Carmelo Anthony won his first scoring title when he and Kevin Durant both sat out their games. The New York Knicks beat Atlanta 98-92 without Anthony, and Chicago took the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Hawks settled for No. 6.