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x-Miami: Heat clinch playoff spot, top Hawks 101-98

MIAMI (AP) There was no raucous celebration. The Miami Heat hope one of those comes later this spring.

For now, briefly enjoying a clincher is enough.

Goran Dragic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Richardson blocked a potential go-ahead shot in the final moments, and the Heat closed on an 11-0 run to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98 on Tuesday. The win assured Miami of its 20th playoff berth in 30 seasons, and meant an often-lackluster night ended happily.

''There's only one way with this group,'' a relieved Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''And it's the hard way.''

Last year, 41 wins meant the Heat finished one game out of the postseason - while Dwyane Wade and Chicago got the last spot.

This year, the 42nd win meant the Heat are playoff-bound, and Wade is already telling teammates of what that means in Miami.

''The energy in this building is amazing,'' Wade said. ''A lot of people around the NBA have tried to copy our vibe that we set in this building. It's flattering. Our fans take a lot of flak from the outside about being late and all these things, but when our fans are in this building it's still one of the loudest places to play in and you feed off of it.''

They won't start at home; Miami will open on the road either April 14 or 15.

Hassan Whiteside's tip-in with a minute left put Miami up for good, part of an 18-point, 12-rebound night in his first game since angrily saying he wanted more playing time. Tyler Johnson scored 12, Wade had 11 and James Johnson finished with 10 for the Heat.

''Happy we got it clinched,'' Whiteside said.

John Collins had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who got 18 points from Tyler Dorsey and 16 from Damion Lee. Isaiah Taylor added 15 and Mike Muscala scored 13 for Atlanta.

''Really, really pleased with the guys' effort,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''To come here and compete against this team in this environment ... a lot of positives tonight. We just quite couldn't get it done at the end.''

Collins made three 3-pointers; he needed a fourth to tie it, but his shot at the buzzer was well short.

''We played our hearts out tonight,'' Collins said.

Wade opened the final quarter with a basket to break a 78-all tie, only to have it answered by an 11-0 run for Atlanta. Dorsey made a pair of 3s during the spurt, Muscala made another to cap the burst and just like that the Hawks were up 89-80.

But the Heat had just enough at the end, and now can finally think about the postseason.

''We know, as it looks right now, it's going to be either Toronto, Boston or Cleveland,'' Wade said. ''And they are all very, very good teams. So it doesn't matter who we match up with. We're going to have our work cut out for us. But obviously, other matchups have more story lines than other ones.''

TIP-INS

Hawks: Collins, who grew up playing in nearby Palm Beach County, is essentially assured of having the best field-goal percentage for a rookie in Hawks history. He's now at 58.3 percent this season; the best shooting year by an Atlanta rookie was Antoine Carr's 52.8-percent clip in 1984-85. ... Dewayne Dedmon was ruled out with a sore rib, meaning the Hawks had six players out with injuries.

Heat: Rookie C Bam Adebayo didn't play for the second consecutive game. ... The Heat were 8 for 33 from 3-point range. ... Wayne Ellington is now within two of tying Eric Gordon's record for 3-pointers by a reserve in a season. Gordon had 206 off the bench a year ago.

WADE MARK

Wade's fourth assist of the night came late in the first half, going to Whiteside - and giving the guard 5,000 assists in a Heat uniform. He's the ninth player to score 20,000 points and collect 5,000 assists with one team, joining Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.

LONG YEAR

Only four teams haven't had longer than a two-game winning streak this season - Atlanta, Sacramento, Phoenix and Brooklyn. The Hawks are now 3-19 in games following a win.

UP NEXT

The Heat visit the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night, a game that wraps up the final back-to-back of the season for both clubs.

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Key Players
T. Waller-Prince
12 SF
G. Dragic
7 PG
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
42.0 Field Goal % 45.1
41.9 Three Point % 45.0
83.8 Free Throw % 79.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  John Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Josh Richardson 0:00
+ 1 Josh Richardson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
+ 1 Josh Richardson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Full timeout called 0:01
  Personal foul on Damion Lee 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson 0:01
  Damion Lee missed jump shot, blocked by Josh Richardson 0:01
  Team rebound 0:21
  Hassan Whiteside missed layup, blocked by John Collins 0:21
  Offensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside 0:21
Team Stats
Points 98 101
Field Goals 37-88 (42.0%) 41-91 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 13-33 (39.4%) 8-33 (24.2%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 11-13 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 55 52
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 37 35
Team 6 6
Assists 24 22
Steals 10 10
Blocks 1 8
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 1 0
16 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Hawks 22-56 2531222098
home team logo Heat 42-36 30222623101
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 22-56 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Heat 42-36 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
Key Players
J. Collins PF 10.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.3 APG 57.6 FG%
G. Dragic PG 17.3 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.8 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Collins PF 19 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
G. Dragic PG 22 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
42.0 FG% 45.1
39.4 3PT FG% 24.2
73.3 FT% 84.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 32 19 10 1 1 1 2 3 7/14 3/7 2/3 0 10 31 +5
D. Lee 37 16 9 4 3 0 0 3 6/19 1/6 3/3 3 6 36 -7
I. Taylor 37 15 2 9 0 0 4 3 7/14 1/3 0/0 2 0 31 -3
M. Plumlee 33 6 8 2 1 0 2 3 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 5 17 -2
T. Waller-Prince 10 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/1 0 2 5 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 32 19 10 1 1 1 2 3 7/14 3/7 2/3 0 10 31 +5
D. Lee 37 16 9 4 3 0 0 3 6/19 1/6 3/3 3 6 36 -7
I. Taylor 37 15 2 9 0 0 4 3 7/14 1/3 0/0 2 0 31 -3
M. Plumlee 33 6 8 2 1 0 2 3 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 5 17 -2
T. Waller-Prince 10 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/1 0 2 5 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Dorsey 38 18 6 4 1 0 1 2 6/16 4/7 2/2 3 3 32 -7
M. Muscala 32 13 7 0 2 0 1 1 4/10 3/8 2/2 1 6 21 +4
D. Bembry 17 6 5 4 2 0 3 0 2/5 1/1 1/2 0 5 18 0
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bazemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Schroder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dedmon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 98 49 24 10 1 15 15 37/88 13/33 11/15 12 37 191 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 28 22 10 3 3 0 3 3 9/14 3/4 1/2 1 9 38 +21
H. Whiteside 27 18 12 0 0 3 1 4 7/13 0/0 4/4 6 6 32 +20
T. Johnson 30 12 4 3 0 2 1 2 5/11 1/4 1/1 2 2 23 +17
J. Johnson 29 10 3 6 3 0 2 2 4/11 0/3 2/2 1 2 26 +17
J. Richardson 35 9 5 2 1 2 1 2 3/9 1/4 2/2 0 5 20 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 28 22 10 3 3 0 3 3 9/14 3/4 1/2 1 9 38 +21
H. Whiteside 27 18 12 0 0 3 1 4 7/13 0/0 4/4 6 6 32 +20
T. Johnson 30 12 4 3 0 2 1 2 5/11 1/4 1/1 2 2 23 +17
J. Johnson 29 10 3 6 3 0 2 2 4/11 0/3 2/2 1 2 26 +17
J. Richardson 35 9 5 2 1 2 1 2 3/9 1/4 2/2 0 5 20 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 24 11 4 6 0 1 2 1 5/11 0/4 1/2 0 4 26 -14
W. Ellington 22 9 2 1 1 0 0 1 3/8 3/8 0/0 0 2 14 -17
K. Olynyk 20 8 3 1 1 0 2 0 4/10 0/4 0/0 1 2 12 -19
J. Winslow 21 2 3 0 1 0 2 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 3 4 -15
L. Babbitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Adebayo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 101 46 22 10 8 14 16 41/91 8/33 11/13 11 35 195 +15