Another Magic second-half collapse in loss to ATL
Johnson led ATL with 39 pts on 14 of 23 FG shooting, with 6 asts; Josh Smith 24 pts, 11 rebs; and Josh Childress off the bench with 12 pts, 5 rebs. DHoward led the Magic with 19 pts, but just 4 rebs; TBattie and JNelson with 14 pts each; HTurkoglu 12 pts, and GHill 10 pts. DMilicic led the reserves with 8 pts.
ATL (37 of 67, 55.2%) outscored the Magic (35 of 62, 56.5%) from the floor 78-75. The Magic shot 5 of 12 on 3 pters, while ATL shot 4 of 10. Poor FT shooting hurt the Magic, as they shot just 15 of 28 from the FT line. ATL shot 15 of 18. ATL outrebounded the Magic 34-26. ATL had the better AST/TO ratio of 21/16, while the Magic were 18/17. The Magic bench edged the ATL bench 21-19.
Coach Brian Hill after the game: "I consider this a very bad loss. I'm very disappointed in our first and third-quarter defense and that's all I have to say."