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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams, right front, scramble for a loose ball as Hawks' Elton Brand watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

ATLANTA (AP) -- 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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