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NEW YORK---Jarrett Jack scored a
season-high 31 points as Cleveland
Cavaliers won 106--100 in the NBA
on Sunday to end the eight-match
winning streak of New York Knicks.
The Knicks wasted a chance to pull
within two games of the Atlanta Hawks
for the final playoff spot in the Eastern
Hours after Atlanta blew a fourth-
quarter lead in Toronto, the Knicks
responded with an inept final period
of their own after they led by 17 points
in the first half.
They couldn t stop Jack and couldn t
get a basket from Carmelo Anthony,
who missed all five shots in the final
period and finished with 32 points.
Jack scored 23 in the second half and
finished with ten assists for the Cav-
aliers, who ended a four-game losing
Suns 127, Timberwolves 120
scored 25 points off the bench to lead
Phoenix to its biggest comeback of the
Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half,
but shot a season-high 57 per cent from
the floor to overcome Kevin Love s 36
points and 14 rebounds. Love fell an
assist short of a triple-double and com-
mitted a crucial turnover in the final
With the game tied at 118, Love lost
the ball in the paint and Eric Bledsoe
made a fast-break layup.
Gerald Green, Bledsoe and PJ Tucker
each hit a pair of free throws in the
closing seconds to help the Suns pull
within a half-game of Memphis and
Dallas for one of the last two playoff
spots in the tight Western Conference.
The Suns tied a season high by allow-
ing 41 points in the first quarter and
trailed 103--93 heading in the final peri-
od, but they outscored the Wolves
34--17 in the fourth.
Minnesota, meanwhile, blew its
largest lead of the season.
Nets 107, Mavericks 104, OT
DALLAS---Joe Johnson scored 22
points, including the tying layup in reg-
ulation and the go-ahead three-pointer
in overtime to lead Brooklyn past the
Mavericks in Jason Kidd s return to
Dallas as a coach.
The Nets swept the two-game season
series with Dallas in their first year
under Kidd, who spent his 41st birthday
on the floor where he was essentially
the coach at point guard when the
Mavericks won the 2011 NBA title.
Marcus Thornton had 11 of his 20
points in the fourth quarter for the
Nets, who won their fourth straight
game and beat a Western Conference
team for the fifth straight time.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 32 points,
but Dirk Nowitzki finished with ten on
one of his toughest shooting nights of
Lakers 103, Magic 94
LOS ANGELES---Jordan Hill had a
career-high 28 points along with 13
rebounds in his first start in over nine
weeks and Los Angeles sent Orlando
to its ninth straight loss.
Nick Young scored 26 points off the
bench, helping the Lakers end a four-
game skid. Pau Gasol had six points in
18 minutes, and sat out the second half
after feeling nauseous and dizzy.
Steve Nash did not play, two days
after recording 11 assists in 19 minutes
off the bench against Washington. He
had missed the previous 15 games
because of chronic nerve damage in his
Orlando point guard Victor Oladipo
had 21 points and ten assists in his
eighth career start. (AP)
over New York
half of the
NBA match at
in New York.
Cavaliers end Knicks'
8-match win streak
Raptors 96, Hawks 86
Nuggets 105, Wizards 102
124, Bucks 107
WASHINGTON---Tiger Woods is
not sure whether his ailing back
will allow him to play in the Mas-
ters, which is two weeks away.
"For Augusta, it s actually still
a little too soon, to be honest with
you," Woods said yesterday at a
news conference to announce that
Quicken Loans is the new title
sponsor of his golf tournament.
"That s kind of the frustrating
thing about this."
The Masters is the only major
tournament the 38-year-old
Woods has never missed. Four of
his 14 major championships came
at Augusta National, including his
first in 1997. He last won the green
jacket in 2005. This year s Masters
is April 10-13.
Woods is off to the worst start
of his 18 years on tour, and he s
been troubled lately by back prob-
He stopped playing in the final
round at the Honda Classic on
March 2 because of what he called
back spasms and pain in his lower
back. He tried to defend his title
the following week at Doral, only
for his back to flare up again in
the final round.
Then last week, Woods with-
drew from the Arnold Palmer Invi-
tational because of persistent back
Woods: 'Still too soon' to
know if fit for Masters
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