Tip-Off for 4/11/13 (featuring J-Dilla): Kobe Bryant explodes for 47 points in LA Lakers win over Portland Trail Blazers 113-106; Miami Heat clinch the NBA’s best record

(LA Times)

The Lakers are following Kobe Bryant’s lead into the NBA postseason.

Driving the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA post season has become a personal quest for Kobe Bryant. The Lakers have been through a tumultuous season with the final week being no different. Bryant continued his torrid shooting with a 47-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers in a 113-106 Lakers victory. Bryant has scored 70 points in his last five quarters of play.

The Miami Heat have clinched the NBA’s best record and will enjoy home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Ray Allen tied a season-high with 23 points in the Heat’s 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Hawks 124 -76ers 101 - The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak, blowing out the Sixers. Josh Smith recorded a double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 28 points and 8 rebounds.

Heat 103 – Wizards 98 - The Heat were with out the combination of LeBron James and Chris for the first time this season. Ray Allen led Miami with 23 points. John Wall finished with 9 rebounds and 11 assists for Washington.

Magic 113 – Bucks 103 (ot) - Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak. Tobias Harris scored 30 points including a game-tying three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Magic. John Henson grabbed a game-high 25 rebounds for Milwaukee.

Pistons 111 – Cavaliers 104 - Rookie center Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Pistons victory. The Pistons outscored Cleveland 37-29 in the final period. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 27 points and 9 assists.

Nets 101 – Celtics 93 - The Nets used a 31-point second quarter to gain control of their contest with the Celtics. Deron Williams finished with 29 points and 12 assists for Brooklyn. Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points.

Suns 102 – Mavericks 91 - The Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak and ended a six-year drought in Dallas. Three Suns registered double-doubles, Goran Dragic (21 points and 13 assists), Luis Scola ( 11 points and 15 rebounds) and P.J. Tucker (17 points and 10 rebounds). Shawn Marion led the Mavericks with 22 points and 9 rebounds. The loss seriously damaged the Mavericks’ playoff hopes.

Kings 121 – Hornets 110 - New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis left late in the 4th quarter with an apparent knee injury. John Salmons was one of three players to score 20 or more points for Sacramento. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 23 points and 7 assists.

Lakers 113 – Trail Blazers 106 - The Lakers shot 59 percent from the floor. Dwight Howard grabbed 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol handed out 9 assists. Damian Lillard scored a career-high 38 points for Portland.

Nuggets 96 – Spurs 86 - Andre Iguodala notched a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Wilson Chandler led Denver with 29 points. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 17 points.

Clippers 111 – T-Wolves 95 - Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 19 points each for Los Angeles. Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with 20 points.

The Lineup:

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Jordan’s top ten and the shoes he wore (Dime Magazine).

Baltimore Ravens close to acquiring Rolando McClain (CSN Baltimore).

Michael vs. Michael (Huffington Sports).

Interesting banking facts (Wall Street Journal).

Possible twisters in the Midwest (CBS).

Walk on the wild side with Twitter (Washington Post).

Toyota, Honda and Nissan recalling 3 million vehicles for airbag defects  (Toyota).

What a top fitness trainer eats (Men’s Health).

Sneak peek at the new iPhone (IFWT).

 

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