NBA Playoff Standings: Lakers reclaim No. 8 seed in West


The Lakers moved back into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference thanks to their win over the Hornets and the Jazz's loss to the Thunder.

With the Utah Jazz losing earlier in the night to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to take over the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference if they could secure a win over the New Orleans Hornets. The Lakers did just that, with Kobe Bryant's huge fourth quarter propelling them to a 104-96 victory.

Bryant scored 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to help secure the big victory, pushing the Lakers a half game ahead of the Jazz. Los Angeles has four games left on the docket, while Utah has just three games remaining.

The Thunder's victory over the Jazz moved Oklahoma City to a half game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the West. The Memphis Grizzlies moved to a half game behind the Denver Nuggets for the No. 3 seed with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

At the bottom of the playoff picture, the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets both clinched playoff spots thanks to their victories on Tuesday. The Warriors are one game ahead of the Rockets for the No. 6 spot, and this marks Golden State's second playoff berth in 19 years.

Here are the full playoff standings in the West:

Western Standings

San Antonio Spurs 77 57-20 .740
Oklahoma City Thunder 78 57-21 .731
Denver Nuggets 77 53-24 .688
Los Angeles Clippers 77 51-26 .662
Memphis Grizzlies 78 53-25 .679
Golden State Warriors 78 45-33 .577
Houston Rockets 78 44-34 .564
Los Angeles Lakers 78 41-37 .526
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Utah Jazz 79 41-38 .519
Dallas Mavericks 77 38-39 .494
Portland Trail Blazers 77 33-44 .429
Minnesota Timberwolves 77 29-48 .377
Sacramento Kings 77 27-50 .351
New Orleans Hornets 78 27-51 .346
Phoenix Suns 78 23-55 .295

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