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The Associated Press

Hawks head to playoffs after 124-95 rout of woeful Rockets

ATLANTA (AP) Rookie Onyeka Okongwu set career highs with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks headed to the playoffs on a roll with a 124-95 rout of the woeful Houston Rockets in the regular-season finale Sunday night. The Hawks went with a makeshift lineup after their Eastern Conference playoff spot was locked in before taking the court. ”The fact that we had a number of guys sitting out, we’ve been there before, we didn’t want to use that as an excuse,” interim coach Nate McMillan said.