NBA Playoff Standings: Knicks stay hot, Bulls get big win over Heat out East

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks stacked their sixth straight win on Wednesday, but the shocker of the night came when the Bulls ended Miami's historic winning streak.

The Chicago Bulls surprisingly ended the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak on Wednesday night, but behind the scenes the New York Knicks earned their sixth straight victory -- which is now the longest active streak in the NBA.

New York has recovered nicely from its post-all-star-break swoon, and with a recent win over Memphis the Knicks kept pace with the Pacers (who knocked off the Rockets). That's all the Knicks have to do at this point, as they own the second-best conference record in the East and take the No. 2 spot in the playoff bracket by virtue of the secondary tiebreaker with Indiana.

The Bulls have battled through the disappointment of playing without Derrick Rose and pulled out three consecutive wins to keep pace with the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 5 spot. Again, the Bulls own the better conference record, so the Hawks get pushed down to No. 6 in the event of a tie.

Miami wasn't the only East team to lose on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks failed to take advantage of a game against the Sixers and, thanks to a last-second layup by Jeff Green to clinch a win for the Celtics, the Bucks fell 2.5 games behind Boston for the No. 7 seed.

Eastern Standings

Miami Heat 71 56-15 .789
New York Knicks 70 44-26 .629
Indiana Pacers 72 45-27 .625
Brooklyn Nets 71 42-29 .592
Chicago Bulls 70 39-31 .557
Atlanta Hawks 72 40-32 .556
Boston Celtics 71 37-34 .521
Milwaukee Bucks 70 34-36 .486
Philadelphia 76ers 71 28-43 .394
Toronto Raptors 71 26-45 .366
Washington Wizards 71 26-45 .366
Detroit Pistons 72 24-48 .333
Cleveland Cavaliers 70 22-48 .314
Orlando Magic 72 18-54 .250
Charlotte Bobcats 71 17-54 .239

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