Scoreboard Watching: Hawks Gain Ground on Nets, Pacers
The Hawks are still in the hunt for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs thanks to losses by the two teams directly ahead of them.
The Brooklyn Nets started their eight-game road trip 2-0 but lost last night to the Clippers 101-95 as Chris Paul scored 29 points. The Brooklyn loss offsets Atlanta’s loss to Portland the night before, meaning the Nets still hold a two-game lead over the Hawks for fourth.
The Indiana Pacers had a halftime lead over the Chicago Bulls but couldn’t hold it, falling 87-84 in Chicago. The Pacers still led the Hawks by 4.5 games for the three spot, but Atlanta can gain ground tomorrow with a win in Indiana. The Bulls meanwhile, pulled to within a half game of the Hawks with the win, which they got without Joakim Noah.
The Boston Celtics continue to struggle on the road, losing for the third straight time. Last night’s loss came in Memphis 110-106 to the Grizzlies. Boston is now treading some serious water as they cling to that seventh spot. Jason Terry said earlier this week that he wants to face the Heat in the playoffs. He may get his wish earlier than anticipated if his team keeps playing like this.
On one other note, the second seeded New York Knicks beat the Raptors handily, 110-84.
Biggest winner: Bulls
Chicago gained ground on Brooklyn and Atlanta. The Bulls are still in the running for home court advantage, which is remarkable considering how many injuries they’ve had.
Biggest loser: Celtics
Brooklyn contended for this spot, but they aren’t in jeopardy like the Celtics are. Boston’s lead over the Milwaukee Bucks is now just 1.5 games.
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