NBA Roundup

Hawks top Heat, get East’s last playoff spot

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague drove to the basket past Miami Heat guard Toney Douglas.
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Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague drove to the basket past Miami Heat guard Toney Douglas.

Jeff Teague says he never doubted the Atlanta Hawks would be in the playoffs.

Even with Al Horford’s season-ending injury in December and a 1-14 stretch in February and March, the Hawks made the Eastern Conference field with two games remaining.

‘‘I'm happy for all the guys,’’ Teague said. ‘‘We worked so hard all year. Injuries and everything that can happen to a team happened. We were able to still make it to the playoffs.’’


Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks earned the conference’s final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night in Atlanta.

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Atlanta’s third straight victory eliminated the New York Knicks from playoff contention. Williams scored the Hawks’ last 12 points.

LeBron James finished with 27 points and Dwyane Wade, in his first game since missing nine straight with a sore left hamstring, scored 24 for Miami.

The Heat, who have lost three of four, gave up the ground they gained in the standings Friday by beating Indiana at home and taking a one-half game lead over the Pacers. Miami and Indiana are now tied atop the Eastern Conference with 54-26 records. The Heat’s 85 points were their third-fewest this season.

Mavericks 101, Suns 98 — Monta Ellis matched his season high with 37 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 23 during a second-half rally that carried host Dallas back to the playoffs.

Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki brought the Mavericks back by hitting five 3-pointers between them in less than four minutes of the third quarter, erasing most of a 13-point deficit.

The Mavericks left the Suns and Memphis to battle for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dallas is back in the postseason after a 12-year playoff streak ended last season.

Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points for the Suns, who trail the Grizzlies by one in the loss column. The two teams play Monday night.

Wizards 104, Bucks 91 — Bradley Beal scored 26 points, and host Washington moved a step closer to claiming the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.


 Milwaukee’s loss guaranteed the Bucks will finish with at least a tie for the worst record in the NBA.

John Wall added 15 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who also clinched the franchise’s first winning record since 2008.

Washington leads the seventh-place Charlotte Bobcats, who beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, by one game with two to play.

The Bobcats hold the tiebreaker if Washington and Charlotte finish tied. Both teams are hoping to finish higher than seventh in order to avoid a first-round playoff series against Miami or Indiana.

Bobcats 111, 76ers 105 — Al Jefferson continued his dominating play with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and host Charlotte won for the sixth time in seven games.


It marked the sixth straight game Jefferson had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game — extending his own franchise record.

Michael Carter-Williams had 23 points and eight assists to lead the 76ers, who have lost 16 of their last 17 games on the road.

Rockets 111, Pelicans 104 — James Harden had 33 points and 13 assists and Houston rallied in New Orleans to maintain their No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings.

The Rockets had lost two in a row and needed the win to stay ahead of Portland.

Houston got a boost from the return of Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley, who had both missed the last eight games with injuries. Beverley scored 20 points and Howard had 13.

Clippers 117, Kings 101 — Blake Griffin had 27 points and nine assists, DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists as Los Angeles got its franchise record-tying 56th win of the regular season and set a new mark for home victories (33-7).

Nuggets 101, Jazz 94 — Kenneth Faried scored 24 points and pulled down 21 rebounds as shorthanded Denver won at home.