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The Hawks pulled to within two games of the Heat on Friday night after grinding out a road win over the Cavaliers.
The Atlanta Hawks gained a game on the first-place Miami Heat in the NBA's Southeast division after a 102-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
The division remains a two-horse race, as the Orlando Magic fell to seven games behind the Hawks and nine behind the Heat after a 105-97 loss to the woeful Washington Wizards, who improved to 4-23 on the season. Despite the victory, the Wizards are still two games behind the Charlotte Bobcats, whose loss to the Brooklyn Nets marked their 17th straight defeat.
Here are the full division standings: