Hot-shooting Magic win third in row
Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, including four of the five starters. HTurkoglu led the way with 23 pts on 8 of 12 shooting. DHoward and JNelson each scored 15. Dwight included 13 boards. KDooling and Darko each had good games off the bench with 13 pts each, and DStevenson added 12 pts. Al Harrington led ATL with 20 pts, and Joe Johnson, who burned the Magic for 40 last week, scored just 19 on 7 of 22 shooting. Josh Childress added 18 pts off the bench, and ZaZa had another good game against his ex-team with 16 pts 12 rebs.
The Magic continue their torrid shooting, shooting 59.7% on their FGs. They outscored ATL from the field 89-75, as the Hawks shot just 40%. ATL outscored the Magic 26-19 from the FT line on 76.5% FT shooting. ORL shot 76% from the line. The Magic did not do well rebounding, as they were dominated on the offensive boards by ATL 23-10 and 41-37 overall. The Magic had a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio of 23-14, compared to 19-13 for ATL. The Magic bench outscored the Hawks bench 34-31.
Good to see Darko playing 26 minutes off the bench, even though he fouled out. Nice win and another good team effort by the Magic to continue their momentum. Seven wins in ten games is certainly a good sign for what's ahead next season.