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Augustin leads Bulls past slumping Hawks 105-92

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  • Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots in front of Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Atlanta.

      Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots in front of Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA -- D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls held off slumping Atlanta for a 105-92 victory Wednesday night, bumping the Hawks out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the season.

Chicago took control with a 16-3 run in the second quarter and led the rest of the way, fending off the last of Atlanta's runs when Jimmy Butler swished a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining.

The Hawks lost for the 21st time in 28 games, this one dropping them slightly behind New York for the eighth playoff seed. The Knicks (33-43) routed Brooklyn 110-81 to climb percentage points ahead of Atlanta (32-42). Cleveland is also in the mix after beating Orlando.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 22 points.

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