NBA roundup: Hawks take a rest, Raptors go to work

The Raptors’ Rudy Gay (right), who scored 22 points, gets a step on the Hawks’ Mike Scott in Toronto’s one-sided victory.


The Raptors’ Rudy Gay (right), who scored 22 points, gets a step on the Hawks’ Mike Scott in Toronto’s one-sided victory.

The Atlanta Hawks want to be well-rested for the playoffs.

They certainly didn’t use up any energy Tuesday night.


DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22, and the Toronto Raptors ran all over the playoff-bound Hawks, 113-96, at Atlanta.

The Raptors made two-thirds of their shots in the first half, sprinting to a 68-51 lead as DeRozan scored 19 points and Gay chipped in with 17. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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‘‘I'm going to err on the side of caution,’’ Hawks coach Larry Drew said.

Atlanta fell into a tie with Chicago for the fifth spot. The teams finish the regular season on Wednesday, with the Hawks traveling to New York to face the Knicks, while the Bulls are home against lowly Washington. Chicago holds the tiebreaker.

Kyle Korver led the Hawks with 13 points, extending his 3-point streak to 73 consecutive games. Atlanta center Al Horford didn’t play, sitting out because of soreness in his left chest. , and the rest of the Hawks took the night off as well — certainly at the defensive end.


Clippers 93, Trail Blazers 77 — Caron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter and host Los Angeles won its sixth straight.

Blake Griffin added 16 points and Chris Paul had 11 assists for the Pacific Division champions, who finished their home schedule at 32-9. They end the regular season on Wednesday at Sacramento. Another win would ensure the Clippers home-court advantage to start the playoffs.

The Blazers, who never led, lost their 12th in a row.

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