Odom Helps Lakers Clinch Playoff Spot
Season-high 31 points keys 112-108 victory over Mavericks
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 3:07 AM CDT
Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd, right, knocks the ball out of the hands of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant during the first quarter.    ((AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian))
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(Newser) – Lamar Odom scored a season-high 31 points, Kobe Bryant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a playoff berth Friday night with a 112-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Pau Gasol had 25 points and seven assists for the Lakers, and Odom grabbed 10 rebounds.

Gasol and reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki both were playing their second game with their respective clubs since returning from ankle injuries. Gasol was 11-for-20 from the field and Nowitzki was 13-for-19. Nowitzki led the Mavs with 27 points, Jason Terry scored 25 and Josh Howard added 23. Jason Kidd had 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. This was the Mavericks' 10th loss that was decided by four points or less.