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Atlanta Hawks clinch eighth play-off spot

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The Atlanta Hawks clinched the number eight position in the Eastern Conference play-offs with a 98-85 victory over Miami Heat and Jeff Teague top scoring for the home side with 25 points.

The result, which eliminated the New York Knicks from play-off contention in the process, came as they dominated the scoring, losing only one of the four quarters played.

Although LeBron James top scored with 27 points and Dwayne Wade returned from injury to hit 24, the Heat have now lost three of their last four matches meaning they are again tied at the top with the Indiana Pacers.

With the scores tied 49-49 at the interval, the Hawks came out firing and once they took the lead shortly after the break they never looked back. Lou Williams scoring 18 in the final quarter alone pushed his side towards victory.

Clinching the eighth seed position means that there could soon be a rematch on the cards between the two teams, depending on the final few results.

The Heat take on Washington and Philadelphia in their final two matches, whilst The Pacers have Oklahoma City and Orlando in their sights as the two battle it out for the number one seed.

After the match, Teague confirmed his happiness with the Hawks play-off qualification.

"I'm happy for all the guys," he told ESPN. "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."

Dwayne Wade however, did not concern himself with the result and was just happy that his return to action went smoothly.

"When you're out so long, you're just thinking of getting your wind back. I think the best thing that happened was the first play of the game, getting that  block and then LeBron kind of holding up and letting me get the first dunk. From  there, I kind of was into the game."

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