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Hawks clinch first 60-win season
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Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) moves the ball up the floor during the first half of Friday's game in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press

    ATLANTA — Mike Muscala scored 17 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-80 on Friday night to reach 60 wins for the first time in franchise history.
    Kyle Korver had 16 points for Atlanta (60-19), and Al Horford finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Muscala was 8 for 9 from the field in 25 1/2 minutes while filling in for injured forward Paul Millsap.
    The Hawks unveiled their Southeast Division banner before the game for their first division title since winning the Central in 1993-94. Then the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs extended their franchise record for wins.
    The loss brought the Hornets, who have lost three straight, to the brink of elimination from the playoff race.
    Hawks reserve Pero Antic had five points in his first appearance since the center and teammate Thabo Sefolosha were arrested and charged with obstructing authorities and disorderly conduct early Wednesday outside a Manhattan nightclub.
    The two were released without bail, but Sefolosha, a backup forward, fractured his lower right leg and will miss the rest of the regular season and postseason.
    Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed at the scene before the arrests of Antic and Sefolosha. Antic said Friday he and Sefolosha were not with Copeland's group and were not trying to shield Copeland from police or onlookers.
    The Hornets led 48-47 at halftime, but Atlanta outscored Charlotte 23-12 in the third quarter. The Hawks continued to pull away in the final period.
    Horford scored seven of Atlanta's first nine points in the second half, including two jams. The Hawks used a 15-5 run at the start of the half to lead 62-53.