East Standings tightening around the Atlanta Hawks

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks need a win on Sunday in Milwaukee to hold off the Chicago Bulls that have closed to within a half game of Atlanta in the East Standings.

The Atlanta Hawks remain in fifth place after Saturday's action but saw things tighten up heading into the start of their four-game road trip on Sunday. New York's four-game winning streak and win over the Raptors on Saturday has moved them back into second place in the East by percentage points over the Indiana Pacers. The Chicago Bulls knocked off the Pacers on Saturday and drew to within a half game of the Hawks for fifth.

The Brooklyn Nets saw their winning streak come to an end and suffered their first loss on their circus road trip. They remain in fourth place and two games in front of Atlanta. The Boston Celtics lost for the fourth straight time and now trail the Hawks by two full games.

The Milwaukee Bucks enter Sunday 3.5 games behind the Hawks and 1.5 back of the Celtics so Sunday's game against Atlanta is important for a variety of reasons.

Important scores from Saturday:

New York 110, Toronto 84 Posting and Toasting | Raptors HQ

Chicago 87, Indiana 84 Blog A Bull | Indy Cornrows

Memphis 110, Boston 106 Grizzly Bear Blues | Celtics Blog

L.A. Clippers 101, Brooklyn 95 Clips Nation | Nets Daily

Relevant Sunday schedule:

Chicago vs. Minnesota - 7 p.m. ET

Brooklyn vs. Phoenix - 9 p.m. ET


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Miami Heat 68 54-14 .794
New York Knicks 68 42-26 .618
Indiana Pacers 70 43-27 .614
Brooklyn Nets 69 40-29 .580
Atlanta Hawks 69 38-31 .551
Chicago Bulls 68 37-31 .544
Boston Celtics 69 36-33 .522
Milwaukee Bucks 68 34-34 .500
Philadelphia 76ers 68 26-42 .382
Toronto Raptors 70 26-44 .371
Washington Wizards 69 25-44 .362
Detroit Pistons 71 24-47 .338
Cleveland Cavaliers 69 22-47 .319
Orlando Magic 70 18-52 .257
Charlotte Bobcats 69 16-53 .232


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