Magic slide continues with another loss to ATL
ATL was led again by Magic killer Joe Johnson with 34 pts on 12 of 24 shooting; Josh Smith 19 pts, 12 rebs; former Magic G Ty Lue with 13 pts, 7 asts; and Marvin Williams 12 pts. The Magic were led by GHill with 21 pt, 6 rebs; DHoward 15 pts, 7 rebs; and JNelson 16 pts, 5 asts. DMilicic led the bench with 9 pts, 8 rebs. J.J. Redick scored 2 pts in 17 minutes.
ATL (33 of 68, 48.5%) outscored the Magic (28 of 71, 39.4%) from the floor 73-57. The Magic (26 of 32) actually shot decent from the FT line for a change compared to ATL (20 of 27). ATL shot 7 of 14 from the 3 pt line, while the Magic were a woeful 1 of 9. ATL won the battle of the boards again 39-30. The Magic had 14 TOs to 19 for ATL, but the Hawks had nearly twice as many assists as the Magic, 25 to 13. The Magic bench outscored the ATL bench 20-13.
Coach Brian Hill after the game: "I can't put my finger on it. I don't have the answer. I don't know. I'm sorry... it's frustrating. It's disappointing."