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Hawks Advance to Eastern Conference Finals for 1st Time Ever

After an absolutely wild finish, the Atlanta Hawks have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time ever after pulling out a 94-91 Game 6 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night:

The Hawks almost choked away the game on multiple occasions. Atlanta led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but the offense went in the tank and Washington came back to take a one-point lead.

The Hawks finally stemmed the tide and took a commanding four-point lead thanks to two layups from DeMarre Carroll. Atlanta had the ball up four but committed an awful turnover, and after the Wizards cut their deficit to two, Al Horford split two free throws.

That set up Paul Pierce for some late heroics once again, and at first, it looked like Pierce had sent the game to overtime with a ridiculous corner three:

Only, after further review, it was just a tick late. A brutal way to lose, but congrats to Atlanta. The last time the Hawks were this close to the NBA Finals was 1970 when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Division Finals.

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