Scoreboard Watching: Bulls Loss Keeps Hawks Alive For 5
The Chicago Bulls dropped a home game to Toronto last night, giving the Hawks a little bit of life.
Toronto controlled the game the whole way and fought off a late Bulls rally to leave Chicago with a 101-98 victory. DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 20. The loss drops Chicago to just a half game ahead of the Hawks for the five seed. The Bulls have five games left, but the Hawks would need to win their four and hope Chicago loses two of the final five in order to pass them, since Chicago owns the tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, Indiana and New York both picked up wins last night. It’s almost a given that the Heat, Knicks, Pacers and Nets will get the 1, 2, 3 and 4 seeds respectively now, and it appears the Milwaukee Bucks will be 8. That leaves 5, 6 and 7 up for grabs with exactly one week left in the regular season.
The Boston Celtics, who are just 1.5 back of Atlanta for sixth, were off last night.
Biggest winner: Nets
By not playing, the Brooklyn Nets gained a half game on Chicago and now appears to have home court all but locked up for the first round.
Biggest loser: Bulls
Chicago could have kept the pressure on Brooklyn for fourth. Instead, they lose a winnable home game and are now trying to fend off Atlanta for fifth.
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