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Lakers Clinch 7th Seed in Playoffs
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 18, 2013 @ 6:30 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The air inside Staples Center before the Los Angeles Lakers’ stirring 99-95 overtime win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night was impossibly thick.
There would now be a front door and a backdoor into the playoffs. One way leading to a fearsome matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the other to a more palatable date with a banged-up San Antonio Spurs team the Lakers had defeated only two nights earlier.
A No. 7 seeding spared the Lakers from the embarrassment of missing the playoffs. As relieved as the Staples Center crowd was after the win Wednesday night, no one left the building with their chest puffed out.
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