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NBA: Hawks beat champions Heat to grab final play-off spot in the East

Published on Apr 13, 2014 4:23 PM
 
Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) is defended by Miami Heat guard Toney Douglas (0) during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 98-85. The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth play-off spot in the Eastern Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champions Miami Heat. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / USA TODAY SPORTS

ATLANTA (AFP) - The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth play-off spot in the Eastern Conference on Saturday, as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champions Miami Heat.

Lou Williams scored 23 points for Atlanta, who claimed the final play-off berth in their conference.

Atlanta had a 25-21 record on Feb 4 but went into a 6-20 tailspin before winning six of its last eight National Basketball Association games.

"It's satisfying to get a win and be in a groove that we're in," Williams said.

 
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