Knicks move up to the seventh seed

NEW YORK -- With the Philadelphia 76ers' loss Sunday night to the Boston Celtics, 103-79, the Knicks are now the seventh seed in the playoff picture after their 100-99 win today against the Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks are now positioned to face the Miami Heat in the first round -- a rekindling of their rivalry that heated up in the late 1990s. The last time they played each other in the playoffs was in the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, in which the Knicks won 4-3.

The Magic currently sit at the sixth spot, but that's not unguarded territory either. With the relationship unraveling between Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy, things could continue to spiral out of control in Orlando. However, they have two winnable contests coming up, against the Pistons and Wizards.

The next two games are extremely important for the Knicks because not only are they facing the Bulls Tuesday night, but their Wednesday night opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks, are closing in on a playoff berth after winning four straight games. They must rise to the challenge to maintain their grip on their recent momentum.

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