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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Magic wake up in second half to defeat Hawks

After Friday's dominating win against Cleveland, the Magic looked anything but dominant in the first half against Atlanta, as the Magic shot just 29% in trailing the Hawks 44-40 at the half. The Hawks went up by as much as 57-47 in the third quarter before the Magic came to life and went on a 22-4 run to span the third and fourth quarters for a 69-61 lead. The Magic extended the lead to 85-72 with under five minutes remaining before missing their next three shots, committing a turnover, and missing two free throws to allow the Hawks to creep within 85-82 with 13 seconds left. Rashard Lewis made 3 of 4 free throws to seal the game for the Magic 88-82.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 21 points (6 of 12 field goals), 23 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals
Rashard Lewis: 16 points (5 of 14 field goals), 4 rebounds
Rafer Alston: 14 points (5 of 10 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 12 points (4 of 12 field goals), 5 rebounds

Atlanta leading scorers

Joe Johnson: 21 points (6 of 20 field goals), 9 rebounds
Josh Smith: 19 points, 11 rebounds
Al Horford: 13 points, 13 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ATL 39.0% (30 of 77) ORL 38.0% (30 of 79)
3 PT FG%: ORL 30% (9 of 30) ATL 15.8% (3 of 19)
FT%: ATL 73.1% (19 of 26) ORL 70.4% (19 of 27)
REB: ORL 51 (13 offensive) ATL 44 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 18/13 ATL 15/14

Other game notes and stats:

-After falling behind 57-47, the Magic scored 38 of the next 53 points
-Courtney Lee was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures, scoring 8 points on 3 of 13 field goals
-J.J. Redick led the Magic reserves with 11 points, making 3 of 5 on three point field goals along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal
-Redick and Alston combined to make 5 of 8 three pointers; the rest of the Magic shot 4 of 22 on threes
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined to shoot 2 of 13 on threes
-The Hawks, starting guards, Johnson and Bibby, combined to shoot 11 of 34 from the field
-Mickael Pietrus did not play due to a sprained right knee
-Ronald "Flip" Murray was the only Hawk reserve to score
-Former Magic shooting guard Maurice Evans scored 5 points along with 3 rebounds as the starting small forward for the Hawks

The Magic now trail Boston by a half game for the second seed in the East, and have the next two days off before traveling to Houston Tuesday.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Solid win! This was a tough game to get back going it seemed at times but in usual magic fashion they woke up and took over the game. Nobody will remember what happened all they will see is a W in the win column.

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Right... the Magic really took over the game in the second half; the Hawks made things interesting in the final few minutes, but Lewis's free throws sealed the win.

    The Magic are now a whopping 14 1/2 games in front of the Hawks. It's amazing how far the Magic have come since the Hawks started the season 6-0 and the Magic started 4-3.

    I still can't believe I was dumb enough to write a post back then saying that Atlanta should be the favorite to win the SE. They do have some nice talent, but they are obviously not in the same league as the Magic.


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