Miami Heat gets help in playoff push

Heat wins big without stepping on the court

MIAMI – Following a tough loss on Thursday night, the Heat were big winners on Friday without even playing a game.

Four of the teams the Heat are jockeying with for playoff position, the Bulls, the Pistons, the Pacers and the Hawks, each lost on Friday night. The losses by Chicago and Detroit were especially painful as they came against two of the worst teams in the league (Philadelphia and Orlando).

The Heat remain in the 8-spot, but now with a 1.5-game cushion on Chicago and a 2-game lead on Detroit with both teams two games behind in the loss column. Miami also trails Indiana by just one game for the 7-spot as they head to Boston to take on the Celtics on Sunday night.

Miami plays at Boston on Sunday.

Eastern Conference
NBA Atlantic Record
Boston 47-26
Toronto 43-29
Philadelphia 27-45
New York 27-45
Brooklyn 15-57
NBA Central Record
Cleveland 47-24
Milwaukee 37-35
Indiana 36-36
Chicago 34-39
Detroit 34-39
NBA Southeast Record
Washington 44-28
Atlanta 37-35
Miami 35-37
Charlotte 32-40
Orlando 27-46

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