The Hawks clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a stirring 98-85 victory over the Heat Saturday night at Philips Arena.
Jeff Teague carried them there.
Teague scored 25 points in the win as the Hawks clinched the eighth and final spot and eliminated the Knicks. It is the Hawks seventh straight postseason appearance, the longest current streak in the conference although they will enter with a sub-.500 record. The Hawks will face either the Heat or the Pacers in the first round next week.
The Hawks (37-43) have won three straight and five of the past six games. The win is the second straight over the Heat and ties the season series, 2-2.
By clinching the playoff berth, the Hawks are locked in to the 15th pick in the NBA draft.