Magic lose yet another heartbreaker on the road
Eight players scored in double figures for the Magic, including all 5 starters. JNelson led with 18 pts. DHoward had 13 pts and 15 rebs. Hedo added 16 pts, but committed an offensive foul with 12 seconds left in the OT to set up the ATL game-winning play. Trevor Ariza, seeing his most action in a Magic uniform, had a nice game with 10 pts, 8 rebs and 5 assists in just 18 minutes. For the Hawks, Joe Johnson had 40 pts, 11assists; Al Harrington had 24 pts, while Pachulia hurt his old team with 13 pts and 18 rebs. Josh Smith added 15.
ATL (44 of 94, 46.8% FG shooting), outscored the Magic (40 of 82, 48.8% shooting) from the field 96-83. The Magic did well from the FT line, outscoring ATL 24-12 on 82.8% FT shooting. ATL outrebounded the Magic 45-41, and had an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio of 27-8. The Magic also had a good assist-to-TO ratio of 19-7. The Magic bench outscored ATL's bench 36-14. Wish that Darko would see more than 17 minutes of action (4 pts 2 blocks).
Overall, a nice effort by the Magic, as they shot the ball well from the field and FT line, and had only 7 TOs. They couldn't find an answer to stop Joe Johnson, however; and ZaZa got the clutch tip-in in the final seconds.