CBS DC

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards are inching closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 and can earn a postseason berth Sunday if the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks.

After the Wizards’ sloppy 101-97 win over the free-falling Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, they insisted they’re not looking ahead — at least not publicly.

“If the Knicks lose, I’ll be more excited. I’d know I’d be playing in the playoffs,” John Wall said.

Wall scored 25 points and Drew Gooden added 16 for Washington, which is sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Wall scored 13 points in the last 7:16 of the third quarter and the Wizards finally escaped the pesky Hawks, who have lost six straight and 20 of 26.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points and Paul Millsap 17 for Atlanta.

Washington had to overcome a slow start coming off its impressive 13-point win over Eastern Conference…

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