The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Miami Heat 116-105 in the NBA Play-In Tournament on Wednesday night, advancing to the first round of the playoffs as the seventh seed.
The Hawks jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They led by as many as 25 points in the second half and held off a late rally by the Heat.
The Hawks will face the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics are the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat’s season comes to an end. They were the first seed in the Eastern Conference in the regular season, but they lost to the Hawks in the Play-In Tournament.
The Hawks are now in the playoffs for the second straight season. They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2022.