Hawks claim final Eastern Conference playoff berth


Posted at Apr 13 2014 11:18 AM | Updated as of Apr 13 2014 07:18 PM

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and guard Jeff Teague (0) defend Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Photo by Kevin Liles, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

The Atlanta Hawks qualified for the National Basketball Association playoffs for the seventh straight season on Saturday with a 98-85 win over the Miami Heat.

The Hawks claimed the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with the win, a result which eliminated the New York Knicks from the playoffs race.

Atlanta, who hold the longest streak of postseason appearances in the East, will meet either Miami or Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.

(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)