Scoreboard Watching: Bulls Stay Ahead of Hawks With Win

Friday, April 12, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks

The Chicago Bulls broke another streak last night and got a big win in the standings at the same time.standings

The New York Knicks came into last night’s game on a 13-game winning streak, but Nate Robinson’s 35 points off the bench sparked Chicago to a 118-111 overtime win despite the Bulls blowing a nine-point fourth quarter lead late.  The Bulls are now a half game ahead of Atlanta in the East standings, but they’re essentially two up because it would take two losses over the final four games for the Hawks to have a chance to pass them.

Last night’s game clears up the playoff picture in the East just a little bit.  It looks more and more like Atlanta will head to Indiana to face the Pacers in the first round.  The Bulls have games against the Raptors, Wizards and Magic, which are all winnable.  Meanwhile, Indiana is too far ahead of Brooklyn and too far behind New York to switch places with either of them.

Biggest winner:  Bulls
Chicago cemented itself as the five seed with last night’s streak-breaking win.

Biggest loser:  Hawks
Only because I’ve been putting this category here.  The Hawks really don’t “lose,” but the Bulls made it more difficult to climb after last night.

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

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