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AUBURN HILLS---To r o n to
rested Kyle Lowry for the
first time this season, and
paid the price, as the NBA
Raptors lost 114-101 on Sun-
A fourth straight victory
was important for the Pistons,
who moved into an interim
tie with two other teams for
the last two playoff spots in
the Eastern Conference.
In other key results in the
East, Washington kept up its
push toward the playoffs by
beating conference leader
Cleveland, and Atlanta
downed Charlotte to open a
two-game gap between the
Southeast Division rivals.
Toronto star Lowry was
rested after a 43-point per-
formance against Cleveland
Terrence Ross scored 27
points to lead the Raptors, but
that was not enough to con-
tinue the team's four-game
Andre Drummond had 15
points and 18 rebounds for
Washington's John Wall had
21 points and 13 assists in a
113-99 win against Cleveland.
Attacking from the start,
Wall made 8 of 11 shots and
came out on top in his
matchup against opposing
point guard Kyrie Irving, who
wound up with 28 points and
six assists on 9-of-20 shoot-
At one point late in the
third quarter, Wall had the
same number of assists as the
entire Cavs team, 12, and he
sat out the fourth quarter.
Atlanta's Al Horford had a
season-high 16 rebounds to
lead the Hawks to an 87-76
win against Charlotte.
Horford had 13 points and
Kent Bazemore scored 14
points for the Hawks, which
held the Hornets to just nine
points in the first quarter.
Marvin Williams finished
with 16 points for Charlotte,
which trailed the entire game.
They pulled within two
points with 7 minutes left but
couldn't rally after the slow
Portland's Damian Lillard
had 33 points and led the Trail
Blazers over 111-102, making
it eight wins from nine games.
CJ McCollumn and Gerald
Henderson each scored 19
points for the Trail Blazers,
who pulled clear early in the
Monta Ellis had 18 points
for the Pacers.
Miami's Dwyane Wade
scored 26 points to guide the
Heat to a 98-81 win at New
York; their fifth consecutive
road win against the Knicks,
and one that kept them half
a game clear of Atlanta atop
the Southeast Division.
Dallas' Chandler Parsons
scored 29 points as the Mav-
ericks comfortably beat Min-
nesota, extending their run of
wins against the Timber-
wolves to six.
Orlando rookie Mario
Hezonja dunked four seconds
into his first NBA start, setting
the Magic on their way to a
130-116 win against Philadel-
PALM BEACH GARDENS---Adam Scott seemed
like the only person who wasn t worried about
the 35-inch length of his putter.
Scott was far more concerned that he had gone
36 tournaments over 21 months without winning
anywhere in the world, the longest drought of his
career. Nearly two years removed from No. 1 in the
world, he was on the verge of falling out of the top
20 when he began his first big stretch of golf leading
into the Masters.
Sunday in the Honda Classic turned out to be
quite a statement. Coming off a runner-up finish
at Riviera last week, Scott closed with an even-
par 70 in tough conditions at PGA National to hold
off Sergio Garcia for a one-shot victory.
"I want to feel somewhat relevant out here when
it comes to being one of the best players in the
world," Scott said. "That's just down to my results.
There's no other way. You can talk it in your head
and try and build yourself up as much as you want,
but at some point, you're going to have to have
the results to actually prove it and achieve.
"I like where things are at," he said. "And hope-
fully, it's a move in the right direction to be in that
top 10 player in the world."
His 26th victory worldwide took care of that.
Scott finished at 9-under 271 and moved up to No.
9, and there's little to suggest he's about to stop
there. This was his 18th consecutive round at par
or better. Dating to the Japan Open last fall, he has
finished out of the top 10 only twice in his last
That's about the time Scott switched back to the
short putter for good.
"I've kind of said it the whole time. I don't think
it's going to be that big a deal for me," Scott said.
"It's some hard work, and I'm not afraid of that.
I'm glad it's going in the right direction, and I've
putted pretty solid the last couple weeks, and I
want to make sure that keeps going."
Raptors pay price for resting Lowry
Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph, left, and centre Jonas
Valanciunas, and Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris, right, try
controlling the loose ball during the second half of an NBA
basketball game, Sunday, in Auburn Hills, Mich. AP PHOTO
Scott relevant again
because of success
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