Magic fall to 1-2 after ugly loss to ATL
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 31 pts on 11 of 19 shooting, and ZaZa Pachulia added 17 pts. Carlos Arroyo led the Magic off the bench with 22 pts on 9 of 9 shooting. GHill added 14 pts. DHoward was the only other Magic player in double figures with 11, but committed 5 TOs and played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble.
ATL outscored the Magic by just 1 pt from the field 65-64 (ATL 31-73 42.5%, ORL 31 of 74 41.9%), but had a superior performance from the FT line (ATL 30 of 35 85.7%, ORL 18 of 29 62.1%). Magic also shot poorly on 3's (2 of 11). The Magic tied an all-time franchise low with just 8 assists the whole game. To make matters worse, they turned the ball over 21 times. The Hawks had a much better assist-to-TO ratio of 16-17. Thanks to Arroyo, the Magic bench outscored the Hawks bench 43-28. Darko did respectable, with 9 pts 6 rebs and 3 blocks in 24 minutes.
From the players down to the coach, the Magic were a big disappointment today. They play host to a tough Wizard team Monday night, and need to bring the emotion and intensity like they did against the Bulls to snap this 2 game losing streak.