TORONTO — The Atlanta Hawks weren’t expected to make it back to the playoffs after trading Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams last summer.
It must feel good to silence the doubters.
Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists and the Hawks clinched a playoff berth for the sixth consecutive season, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-88 on Wednesday night.
“I’m really proud of this bunch with what we accomplished tonight,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “There were a lot of people that counted us out at the start of the season and said we wouldn’t be in this position. With all the changes that we made, here we are.”
Teague was just as delighted.
“This is a group no one really gave a chance,” he said. “For us to come together and be in the playoffs this year, it’s a lot of excitement.”
KNICKS 108, GRIZZLIES 101
In New York, J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second consecutive 30-point game, and the Knicks withstood a furious rally to beat Memphis.
Carmelo Anthony added 22 points and former Georgia Tech star Iman Shumpert had 16 as the Knicks won their sixth win in a row.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points.
In Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists and Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead Los Angeles, its 22nd consecutive win over the Timberwolves.
Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota.
SPURS 100, NUGGETS 99
In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Spurs escaped with a win over Denver when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
JaVale McGee had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
THUNDER 103, WIZARDS 80
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Thunder beat Washington.
John Wall overcame 3 of 18 shooting to finish with 18 points and 12 assists for the Wizards.
CLIPPERS 105, HORNETS 91
In New Orleans, Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists, and Los Angeles beat the Hornets.
Eric Gordon scored 24 and Anthony Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans.
CELTICS 93, CAVALIERS 92
In Cleveland, Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and Boston snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the Cavaliers.
Brandon Bass scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Celtics, who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Wayne Ellington scored 16 points to lead Cleveland.
76ERS 100, BUCKS 92
In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins each scored 18 points, and the 76ers beat Milwaukee.
Monta Ellis scored 29 points for the Bucks.
PACERS 100, ROCKETS 91
In Houston, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead Indiana over the Rockets.
The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 19 points.
Houston was led by James Harden’s 22 points.
BOBCATS 114, MAGIC 108
In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points, and the Bobcats handed injury-riddled Orlando its eighth consecutive loss.
Tobias Harris had a career-high 29 points and nine rebounds for the Magic.