April 08, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) After two impressive victories, the Atlanta Hawks clinched their 10th consecutive playoff appearance Saturday when Chicago lost at Brooklyn.

The Hawks (41-38) have the longest active postseason streak in the Eastern Conference and the second-longest in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs, who have made the playoffs 20 years in a row.

Looking shaky at the beginning of the week, the Hawks bolstered their hopes with impressive wins on back-to-back nights over Boston and Cleveland, the two top teams in the East.

Atlanta faces the East-leading Cavaliers again on Sunday holding the No. 5 spot in the conference standings.

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