Tuesday, April 15

Sacramento at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. EDT). A victory by the Lakers would earn them the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs and a homecourt advantage through the first three rounds.



—Allen Iverson, Nuggets, scored 33 points to lead Denver to a 111-94 win over the Houston Rockets.

—Hedo Turkoglu, Magic, scored 24 points with eight assists in a 104-84 win over the Chicago Bulls.


Allen Iverson scored 33 points and J.R. Smith sparked the Nuggets out of their early doldrums with a 23-point performance in Denver's 111-94 rout of the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. All the Nuggets have to do now to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight time is beat lowly Memphis on Wednesday night at home. Denver (49-32) moved a half-game ahead of Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot with their rout of the Rockets.


MVP candidate Kobe Bryant had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Lakers routed the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 106-85 for their seventh win in eight games. The Lakers (56-25), who clinched their first Pacific Division championship in four years and the No. 3 seed in the West on Friday night, assured themselves of a second-place finish in the conference.