Scoreboard Watching: Bulls, Celtics Collapse as Hawks Stay in Fifth
Almost every team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture played last night, and while the Hawks weren’t able to extend the winning streak to four, they got some help, specifically from the teams they’re competing with.
The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games last night by beating the Boston Celtics 105-103 at TD Garden. Boston led much of the way, but as we’ve seen before, the Heat turned on the burners in the fourth quarter and mounted yet another double-digit comeback. Boston wasted a 43-point effort from Jeff Green and would have moved from seventh to fifth with a win because…
…the Chicago Bulls gave away what looked to be a sure win against the Denver Nuggets when Joakim Noah inexplicably interfered with a Marco Belinelli baseline shot with 1.9 seconds left. Noah’s tip was waived off after review, and Denver escaped in overtime to win their 12th straight game.
The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers extended their leads in the standings over Atlanta with road wins last night. The Nets still have seven games left on their eight-game road trip.
So, after the dust settled, the Hawks stayed in fifth but are now two games back of Brooklyn for the fourth spot. They trail the Knicks by three games for #3 and the Pacers by four games for #2. They keep their half-game lead over Boston and Chicago and remain three up on the Milkwaukee Bucks.
The Philadelphia 76ers also won last night, meaning the Hawks’ magic number remains at six with 15 games remaining.
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