The Atlanta Hawks looked the part of Eastern Conference leaders in the first half — and that was enough to extend their winning streak and snap Detroit’s impressive run with a 106-103 victory. Atlanta has won seven in a row and ended the Pistons’ winning streak at seven.
The Baltimore Ravens versus the New England Patriots might not be a historic rivalry, as the teams have met in the playoffs a mere three times since 2009, but they have packed a lot of malevolence in a short period.
Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, who meet Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoffs, are easy to contrast. But some of the success Wilson has enjoyed comes from the playoff-ready Seahawks team he plays for.