Lakers wrap up top seed in West
Pau Gasol had 22 points, leading MVP candidate Kobe Bryant added 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Sacramento Kings 124-101 Tuesday night to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West and home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
The Celtics earned the edge in the Eastern Conference and would have home-court if they made the NBA Finals.
•Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony said he was "truly sorry" for his arrest on DUI charges, and police denied giving him special treatment, even though one officer gave him a lift to a Denver hotel after his arrest and another drove his car to a city lot.
"I'm here to man up to my mistake," he said.
Officers said Anthony didn't get preferential treatment during his arrest. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said it's "not a standard practice (for an officer to give a DUI suspect a ride), but it is done on occasion and it is not a violation."
•Jack Nies worked his 2,000th game when he refereed the Nets-Bobcats on Tuesday.