The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Miami Heat 98-85 to claim the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference and end the New York Knicks’ chances of reaching the National Basketball Association playoffs.
The Atlanta Hawks moved within one win of clinching a National Basketball Association playoff spot by winning at the Brooklyn Nets to maintain their two-game lead over the New York Knicks with three games remaining,
The Atlanta Hawks widened their margin to two games over the New York Knicks in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference by beating Boston 105-97.
Derrick Rose scored a career-high 44 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks 99-82, while the Dallas Mavericks beat the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 98-92 to move within one game of sweeping their series.
The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder opened their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series by winning by a combined 52 points, as home teams improved their postseason start to 8-0.
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 to take a 2-1 lead in the National Basketball Association playoff series. Derrick Rose scored 44 points for the Bulls at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Jeff Teague had 21 points for the Hawks.