Hawks Beat Heats 99-86 Points

After clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for only the second time in their Atlanta franchise history, the Hawks were left to contemplate the remainder of the regular season.
It’s a new dilemma for a Hawks team that barely made the playoffs as the Number 8 seed last year.
DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, and the Hawks never trailed in beating the Miami Heat 99-86 on Friday night.
Minutes later, the race for the Number 1 spot in the Eastern Conference ended when Brooklyn beat Cleveland 106-98, leaving home-court advantage in the conference playoffs with Atlanta.
“The hard work paid off for this team,” said point guard Dennis Schroder, whose double-double in a fill-in start for injured Jeff Teague was the latest example of the depth that lifted the Hawks to the top of the conference.
Schroder had 12 points and 11 assists, Paul Millsap had 21 points, and Al Horford had 15 for Atlanta, which has 11 games remaining in the regular season.

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