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Apr 18, 2013 2:23 AM by Andrew Masuda

Lakers hold off Rockets, take West's 7th seed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the seventh playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

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.

After winning once more without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, Los Angeles will face second-seeded San Antonio in the first round.

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 after losing four of six to end the regular season.

The other Western State Conference playoff matchups features #3 Denver vs #6 Golden State and the #4 Clippers vs #5 Memphis.

The Eastern Conference first round matchups will be #1 Miami vs #8 Milwaukee, #2 New York vs #7 Boston, #3 Indiana vs #6 Atlanta and #4 Brooklyn vs #5 Chicago.

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