Game review: Magic (25-12) 113, Hawks (23-13) 81
Many Orlando Magic fans were probably expecting the worst from the Magic Saturday night after the Magic looked abysmal in losing 4 games in a row to sub-.500 teams. Instead, the Magic played maybe their best game of the season against a quality Atlanta team, leading by as many as 38 points on their way to the 32 point victory, solidifying their hold on first place over the Hawks in the SE.
The first 8 minutes of the game were actually very close, with the lead going back and forth between the two teams. The Hawks' last lead of the game was 15-14 with under 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the first. The Magic went on a 15-6 run to lead 29-21 going into the second quarter. With the Magic leading 33-24 early in the second, they broke the game wide open, outscoring the Hawks 33-13 the rest of the quarter to lead 66-37 at halftime. The Magic extended their lead to as much as 38 points at 87-49 in the third before settling for a 91-59 lead after three. The closest the Hawks would come in the final quarter was 26 points before the resounding 32 point Magic victory.
Magic leading scorers
Matt Barnes: 18 points (8 of 11 FGs), 7 rebounds
J.J. Redick: 17 points (7 of 12 FGs, 3 of 6 3 PT FGs)
Ryan Anderson: 16 points (5 of 10 FGs), 5 rebounds
Jason Williams: 14 points (6 of 9 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs), 6 assists
Rashard Lewis: 13 points (4 of 8 FGs)
Dwught Howard: 12 points (4 of 8 FGs), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Mickael Pietrus: 11 points (4 of 11 FGs), 6 rebolunds, 4 steals
Overall Game Statistics
FG%: ORL 52.4% (43 of 82) ATL 39.7% (31 of 78)
3 PT FG%: ORL 42.9% (12 of 28) ATL 23.5% (4 of 17)
FT%: ORL 75% (15 of 20) ATL 60% (15 of 25)
REB: ORL 45 (11 offensive) ATL 35 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 15/12 ATL 12/16
BENCH: ORL 46 ATL 33
Other game notes and stats:
-J.J. Redick started in place of the injured Vince Carter, nursing a sprained left shoulder
-The Hawks had 4 players in double figures, led by Al Horford's 14 points
-The Magic outscored the Hawks from the field 98-66
-Magic backup C Marcin Gortat grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 4 shots in addition to scoring 5 points in 25 minutes off the bench
-Redick was the only starter to play more than 26 minutes, as he logged 37 minutes of playing time
-Jameer Nelson was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures, scoring 7 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists
-The Hawks' starting guards (Bibby and Johnson) combined to score just 12 points on 3 of 14 shooting
-The Hawks' bench combined to shoot 12 of 36 (33%)
-After missing their first two shots of the second quarter, the Magic made 17 of their remaining 24 shots of the half (71%)
-From the 5:32 mark of the third quarter to the 1:32 mark of the fourth quarter (16 minutes), the Magic made just 4 of 24 field goals, but the Hawks could only get as close as 26 points.
-Brandon Bass, Anthony Johnson, and Adonal Foyle did not see action for the Magic
Here is the complete recap and box score from nba.com.