Los Angeles' best hope is to win out and hope either Dallas or Portland drop their final two games. However, the Lakers' slim hopes almost flickered away against Houston. The Lakers led 121-113 with 2:57 remaining, but the Rockets scored nine straight points to go up by a point in the final minute.
Los Angeles Lakers left it late to secure an important victory over the Houston Rockets as the battle to avoid the Play-In Tournament in the Western Conference continued with wins for the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers. The trio occupy the fifth, sixth and seven spots and after all three claimed very different victories on Wednesday night, the drama looks set to go all the way to the final games of the regular season.
Former Lakers star and general manager Jerry West chats with L.A. Times reporter Broderick Turner about the Hall of Fame induction of Kobe Bryant.