Updated: Sunday, 13 April 2014 12:34 | By Agence France-Presse

Hawks beat Heat to clinch playoff spot

The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champion Miami Heat.


Hawks beat Heat to clinch playoff spot

File picture shows Jeff Teague (C) of the Atlanta Hawks with teammates Pero Antic (L) and Kyle Korver at Barclays Center on April 11, 2014 in New York City - by Mike Stobe

Lou Williams scored 23 points for Atlanta who claimed the final playoff berth in their conference. 

Atlanta had a 25-21 record on February 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.

The Hawks qualified for the postseason for a seventh straight season. They scored 29 points off 20 Miami turnovers.

Dwyane Wade scored 16 first-half points on a perfect seven-for-seven shooting. He finished with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Heat, who are tied with the Indiana Pacers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Wade missed his last nine games because of a hamstring injury.

LeBron James posted 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists in defeat.

The game was tied 49-49 at halftime and 51-51 before DeMarre Carroll capped a 7-1 surge with a three pointer from the left side for a 58-52 Hawks lead with 7:26 left in the third quarter.

Miami never got within four the rest of the game.

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