HOUSTON The Houston Rockets did their part on Wednesday night and earned a first-round playoff rematch with the Utah Jazz.
Luis Scola had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Rockets locked up the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 93-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Rockets will play Utah in the first round for the second straight season. Just like last year, the Jazz earned the No. 4 seed by winning their division, but Houston has the home-court edge because of a better overall record.
"We were counted out multiple times this year and no one even gave us a chance, not even close, of clinching home court," said forward Shane Battier. "It really is an amazing regular-season accomplishment and I'm very proud."
The extra home game didn't do the Rockets any good last season Utah won the series in seven games.
But this Houston team is different, starting with new coach Rick Adelman, rookies like Scola, Carl Landry and Aaron Brooks, and the consistent play of reserves like Bobby Jackson.
The backup point guard added 15 points and five rebounds against the Clippers while the Rockets improved to 22-2 in their last 24 home games.
Jackson started for the second straight game in place of Rafer Alston, who strained his right hamstring against Denver on Sunday. Alston said he would likely miss Houston's first two playoff games.
By now, the Rockets are used to adversity. They played the last third of the season without injured Yao Ming, without Tracy McGrady for 16 games, and still reached the team's highest win total since the 1996-97 season.
PACERS 132, KNICKS 123: At Indianapolis, Mike Dunleavy tied a career high with 36 points, and the Pacers beat New York sending the Knicks to a franchise record-tying 59th loss in what might have been Isiah Thomas' last game as coach. New Knicks president Donnie Walsh hasn't promised Thomas he'll keep his job, and Thomas gave Walsh another reason to fire him. The Knicks allowed their highest point total of the season.
HEAT 113, HAWKS 99: At Miami, Jason Williams scored 17 points, Mark Blount and Daequan Cook each added 16 and Miami ended a disappointing season that may be the last with Pat Riley on the bench. The Heat had seven players in double figures, including Ricky Davis (15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds), Earl Barron (13), Stephane Lasme (12) and Chris Quinn (11).
CELTICS 105, NETS 94: At Boston, second-stringer Leon Powe scored a career-high 27 points, adding 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double, and the Boston bench helped beat New Jersey. Tony Allen scored 18 for Boston, which finished 66-16 for the best record in the NBA. The Celtics will play Atlanta, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, in the playoffs.
MAVERICKS 111, HORNETS 98: At Dallas, Jason Kidd had the 100th triple-double of his career and sparked a 30-8 stretch, sending Dallas into a first-round playoff showdown with New Orleans. Kidd had 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double since rejoining the Mavericks, the team he was with when he broke into the league. He already was No. 3 on the career list of triple-doubles, behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
PISTONS 84, CAVALIERS 74: At Cleveland, LeBron James spent the final game of the regular season in street clothes, resting up for the playoffs and watching Detroit's reserves outplay Cleveland's bench. Rookie Aaron Afflalo scored 15 points, Jason Maxiell had 13 and Rodney Stuckey 12 for the Pistons, who will meet the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round starting Sunday.
MAGIC 103, WIZARDS 83: At Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick scored a career-high 18 points and Marcin Gortat had a career-high 12 points and 11 rebounds in the regular-season finale for two playoff-bound teams. Andray Blatche led Washington with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Young scored 14. Darius Songaila, Roger Mason and Oleksiy Pecherov each scored 10 points for the Wizards.
BOBCATS 115, 76ERS 109: At Charlotte, N.C., Jason Richardson scored 29 points and Charlotte recovered from blowing a big lead to send the 76ers to the playoffs on a four-game losing streak. Willie Green scored 27 points and Andre Iguodala scored 24 for Philadelphia. They were the only starters to play more than 24 minutes.
BULLS 107, RAPTORS 97: At Chicago, Tyrus Thomas scored a season-high 26, Aaron Gray had career-highs of 19 points and 22 rebounds, and Chicago watched its woeful season come to a merciful end. T.J. Ford finished with 18 points in 18 minutes, and Chris Bosh had eight points in 15 minutes as the Raptors rested many of their starters.
TIMBERWOLVES 110, BUCKS 101 (OT): At Minneapolis, Randy Foye scored 10 of his career-high 32 points in overtime to help Minnesota finish a forgettable regular season on a winning note. In what might have been the end of Larry Krystkowiak's only full season as coach, the Bucks blew a 16-point third-quarter lead. Milwaukee (26-56) closed by losing eight straight.
NUGGETS 120, GRIZZLIES 111: At Denver, Carmelo Anthony appreciated the cheers, relieved there weren't any jeers. Anthony scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game since getting arrested on a drunken driving charge, and the Nuggets reached 50 wins for the first time in 20 years with a victory over Memphis.
SUNS 100, TRAIL BLAZERS 91: At Phoenix, Sean Marks had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Suns beat Portland in a game that ended up having no bearing on the their playoff seeding. San Antonio's rout of Utah earlier in the night locked Phoenix (55-27) into the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
SUPERSONICS 126, WARRIORS 121: At Oakland, Kevin Durant set career highs with 42 points and 13 rebounds in his first professional double-double, and Jeff Green added 27 points to help the SuperSonics win what could have been their final game as a Seattle team.