Scoreboard Watching: Wizards help Hawks by downing Bulls

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are a full game ahead of the Chicago Bulls for fifth place in the East thanks to 27 points from John Wall and 46 percent three-point shooting from the Wizards.

Washington beat Chicago 90-86 in the nation’s capital last night, extending Atlanta’s fifth-place lead to a full game.  The Bulls, however, still control their own destiny for that fifth spot.  Chicago wins the tiebreaker over Atlanta, and the teams are currently tied in the loss column.  A huge game will be Thursday’s matchup between Chicago and the Brooklyn Nets, who will play their first home game in 17 days after an eight-game road trip.  The Nets currently sit one game ahead of Atlanta and two ahead of Chicago for the coveted fourth spot.

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In a game that means little for where the Hawks will finish but could be huge in determining who they play first, the New York Knicks got a big road win in Miami last night behind 50 points from Carmelo Anthony.  The Heat were playing without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmbers, but nevertheless, the win was New York’s ninth straight and brought them back into a tie for second in the tug-of-war with the Indiana Pacers.  That battle is important if the Hawks finish sixth because Atlanta would draw the three seed.  As I’ve said for the past month, I think the Hawks are much better off playing the Knicks than the Pacers.  We’ll see how it plays out over the final two weeks.

Biggest winner:  Knicks
New York won in Miami, which most teams don’t do, and now have the slimmest of leads over Indiana with exactly two weeks left in the regular season.  Let’s hope the Knicks used all of their energy in last night’s win.

Biggest loser:  Bulls
Had the Bulls taken care of Washington, they would have put themselves in position to grab the four seed with a win Thursday.  Instead they’re in sixth with 14 days to go.

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