Mike Muscala

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

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 ...

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