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Lakers claim 7-seed with OT win over Houston

With the Utah Jazz having already lost at Memphis earlier in the night, the Lakers were already in the playoffs. After beating the Houston Rockets 99-95 in OT, the Lakers clinched the seven-seed in the West and a date with the San Antonio Spurs. Houston, which inexplicably was beat at Phoenix in Tuesday, fell to the eighth-seed and will face Oklahoma City. Also in the West, Denver locked up the three-spot with a 118-98 blowout of Phoenix. The Clippers assured themselves home court in their 4-5 matchup with a 112-108 win over Sacramento.

In the East, Chicago edged Washington 95-92 at the United Center and capture the fifth seed ahead of the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony sat out the Knicks 98-92 win over the Hawks but still won the scoring title. Melo finished with 28.7 points per game to end Kevin Durant’s three-year run as scoring champion. Durant also sat out Wednesday and stayed at 28.1 per game, making Anthony the first Knicks player since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King in 1984-85 to lead the league.

Steph Currey knocked down a three-pointer midway through the second quarter of Golden State’s 99-88 win over Portland to break to the record for three-pointers in a single season by an NBA player. Currey’s 270th trey of the year eclipsed the previous mark of 269 set by Ray Allen in the 2005-2006 season. Currey hit two more bombs later in the game to set the bar at 272.

With the NBA regular season completed, the playoffs look like this …. with teams playing their first games Saturday or Sunday ….


No. 1 Miami Heat vs. No. 8 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 7 Boston Celtics
No. 3 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 6 Atlanta Hawks
No. 4 Brooklyn Nets vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls


No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 8 Houston Rockets
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers
No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies

Burnett nearly perfect as Pittsburg shuts out Cards 5-0

AJ Burnett pitched seven innings of one-hit ball as the Pittsburg Pirates blanked St Louis 5-0. Carlos Beltran’s two-out double in the top of the seventh was the only hit on the night for the Redbirds. The 36-year-old Burnett was looking for the second no-hitter of his career, the first coming 12 years ago. Burnett also recorded the 2000th strikeout of his career in the game.

Hardaway Jr declares for NBA draft

Tim Hardaway Jr is the latest college basketball underclassman who will take his services to the NBA. Hardaway was the elder statesman on this year’s NCAA runner-up Michigan Wolverine team averaging 14.5 ppg as a junior. Michigan PG and national Player of the Year Trey Burke had already declared for the draft earlier in the week with fellow Wolverine teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III still undeclared at this writing. Hardaway is of course a legacy with his father Tim Sr playing 14 years in the league with several teams, most notably Golden State.

Packers give Mathews 5-year $65 million dollar extension

The Green Bay Packers have locked up pass rushing specialist outside linebacker Clay Mathew for five years at $65 million. Mathews will reportedly get $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million over the next 12 months. A total of $31 million of the del is guaranteed. Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft. Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted out of USC.

Several NFL and NBA players bilked in $18 million dollar scam

The Feds are investigating an $18 million dollar investment scam in which several pro athletes have been named as victims. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Browns cornerback Joe Haden, former Redskins running back Clinton Portis, ex-Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye and Piston point guard Brandon Knight were named in the report broke on a story by Yahoo. All of the named athletes have ties with Jade Management which has an investment in Success Trade. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is invetigating Success Trade for “selling $18 million in fraudulent and unregistered promissory notes” to 58 people, including the athletes named above.

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