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Hawks fumble opportunity

The Raptors’ Amir Johnson, left, blocks a shot by Hawks forward Ivan Johnson.

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The Raptors’ Amir Johnson, left, blocks a shot by Hawks forward Ivan Johnson.

ATLANTA — DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the Raptors ran all over playoff-bound Atlanta, routing the Hawks 113-96 Tuesday night.

Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Hawks center Al Horford, a former Gator, sat out the Hawks' final home game because of soreness in his chest.

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

Irving "sorry" for dissing fans: Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving apologized for missing a postgame ceremony for fans. Irving was stripped of the ball in the closing seconds of Monday's 96-95 loss to visiting Miami. He sprinted to the locker room instead of participating in a jersey giveaway on "Fan Appreciation Night." All the Cavs players gave away their jerseys and sneakers after Cleveland's final home game. On his Twitter account, Irving apologized to "all the Cavs fans for my actions," which he called "truly unfair to you guys." He added: "I'm very appreciative for all of you guys. Your love and passion for the organization and city is what pushes me to be great." In the locker room, a team official attributed Irving's absence to a bruised heel. Irving disputed an injury.

Around the league: 76ers coach Doug Collins and the team are in "discussions" for Collins to resign as coach and become a special consultant to the club, said Ballard Spahr, the law firm for which Collins' agent, John B. Langel, is chairman of the litigation department. … The Spurs signed seven-time All-Star forward Tracy McGrady, adding depth and experience as the playoffs arrive.

Raptors 113, Hawks 96

TORONTO (113): Gay 9-14 1-1 22, A.Johnson 4-5 2-2 11, Valanciunas 4-5 5-6 13, Lowry 2-6 2-2 8, DeRozan 11-17 5-6 30, Acy 2-5 1-2 5, Ross 3-7 2-2 8, Lucas 4-8 2-2 11, Anderson 1-9 2-2 4, Fields 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 40-78 23-27 113.

ATLANTA (96): Korver 5-7 0-0 13, Smith 2-5 1-2 6, Petro 2-4 4-4 8, Teague 2-5 0-0 4, Harris 2-8 0-0 5, Mack 4-6 1-2 11, Scott 5-15 2-4 12, Jenkins 2-13 4-5 8, Jones 3-6 1-2 8, I.Johnson 6-13 0-0 12, Tolliver 2-6 4-4 9. Totals 35-88 17-23 96.

Toronto 30 38 28 17— 113

Atlanta 27 24 24 21— 96

3-Point GoalsToronto 10-27 (DeRozan 3-5, Gay 3-7, Lowry 2-5, A.Johnson 1-2, Lucas 1-2, Ross 0-1, Acy 0-1, Anderson 0-4), Atlanta 9-28 (Korver 3-4, Mack 2-3, Jones 1-2, Smith 1-2, Tolliver 1-4, Harris 1-5, Teague 0-2, Jenkins 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 53 (A.Johnson, Valanciunas 8), Atlanta 48 (Scott 12). AssistsToronto 24 (Lowry 11), Atlanta 22 (Teague 9). Total FoulsToronto 20, Atlanta 19. TechnicalsValanciunas. Flagrant Fouls—Harris.

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