LOS ANGELES, April 17 (Ticker) -- In a game of playoff poker, the Sacramento Kings threw in their hand, allowing the Los Angeles Lakers to win with a pair of aces.

The league-best Kings sat Chris Webber and rested their regulars in a 109-95 loss to the Lakers, who wrapped up the third seed in the Western Conference behind 21 points apiece from Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

"I don't think the Lakers were playing their full effort and I don't think we were playing our full effort," Kings forward Scot Pollard said. "It was just kind of a game to get the season over with, keep both teams healthy and get ready for the playoffs."

Having clinched the NBA's top record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, the Kings (61-21) have taken it easy in the season's final week. They rested their starters in Sunday's home loss to Dallas and did the same in this one.

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"We've played very well," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We finished winning 11 of 13, won the division and got the best record. That was our goal. I'm happy that we're going to be healthy going into the playoffs as well."

Webber sat out with a sprained right thumb and no other starter played more than 24 minutes. Lawrence Funderburke started for Webber and scored 15 points.

The Lakers had something to play for -- the second-best record in the West, which would give them home-court advantage against every team except the Kings. Superstars O'Neal and Bryant each played 29 minutes and made sure their team got it.

"Both teams (were) sparring, not really fighting and duking it out," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "The night was about playing the game, finishing the season, doing what we have to do, which was winning the game."

By finishing 58-24, the Lakers tied the San Antonio Spurs for the second-best record. The Spurs won the Midwest Division and will be seeded second, but the Lakers hold the tiebreaker and would have the home-court edge should the teams meet in the conference semifinals.

For now, the two-time defending champion Lakers will open against the sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, whom they have eliminated each of the last two seasons.

"They have always been a tough team for us to play," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said. "We've played them several times in the playoffs and we don't expect to see anything different or for this year to be more or less difficult. It always has been a tough series and we match up with each other pretty well."

Fisher scored 16 points and Samaki Walker added 11 and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost forward Robert Horry to an abdominal strain. Horry's status for the playoff opener is questionable.

"We won't think about that until it's a reality," Jackson said. "But you know it's important for us to get Rob back."

Bryant's jumper beat the halftime buzzer and gave the Lakers the lead for good at 56-54. He scored 11 points in the third quarter, helping Los Angeles build its lead to 87-76 entering the final period. The reserves played most of the fourth quarter for both teams.

"I think it was important for the second team to get in there and build up some type of rhythm, so when the playoffs come around they feel comfortable with their game," Bryant said.

Mike Bibby scored 15 points and third-string point guard Mateen Cleaves added 13 for the Kings.