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Lakers end Thunder hopes for No. 2 playoff seed

Whether the Lakers win or lose tonight at Sacramento, they will have a higher seed than OKC.
BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Modified: April 13, 2011 at 9:17 am •  Published: April 13, 2011

The Los Angeles Lakers' home victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night ended the Thunder's hopes for the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Whether the Lakers win or lose tonight at Sacramento, they will have a higher seed than OKC.

The Thunder closes out the regular season at home tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. OKC will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will have homecourt advantage in a best-of-seven opening-round series.

The Thunder (55-26) wins a head-to-head tiebreaker against Dallas (56-25) thanks to being a division winner, but loses the tiebreaker against the Lakers (56-25) due to LA winning the season series 2-1.

- If OKC wins and Dallas loses at home tonight against New Orleans, the Thunder will be the No. 3 seed and would play No. 6 Portland.

- If OKC loses, it will be the No. 4 seed and would play No. 5 Denver.

- If there is a three-way tie in the final standings, the Lakers would be the No. 2 seed, OKC would be No. 3 and Dallas would be No. 4.

The 82-game regular season ends tonight with a full slate of games, marking only the second time in league history that every team will play on the final day. The previous occasion was in the 1956-57 season, when the league had eight teams.

This year's opening round will begin Saturday and Sunday. Dates and times have yet to be announced, but could be revealed late tonight.

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