Hawks vs. Magic - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 81-72 at home at Philips Arena. This was the first game back from a four-game West Coast road trip for the Hawks. This game also began a stetch of seven of the next eight games played at home. With the win, the Hawks improved to 5-4 on the season, took a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Magic, and extended their regular season winning stereak over the Magic to seven. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 15 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds, nearly giving him a double-double on the night. Louis Williams added 14 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Magic was Glen Davis, with 11 points. In the first quarter, the Magic took a 23-21 lead over the Hawks. This was only the third game this season in which the Magic have lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 6-0 run and took a 41-37 lead over the Magic at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 22-6 run, but it was followed by a 3:44 span in which neither team scored, so the Hawks entered the final frame with a 63-47 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks went on a 9-2 run, but the Magic came back to cut their deficit within nine points with under two minutes to play in regulation. However, Horford scored inside to put the game away and give the Hawks the nine-point victory. I think the key to the win for the Hawks was taking care of the basketball. The Magic only stole the basketball six times from the Hawks, while the Hawks stole the ball 12 times from the Magic. The Hawks only turned the ball over 13 times, compared to 19 times by the Magic. I think that this was partly due to the fact that Coach Larry Drew played both his point guards at the same time. This helped keep the pace of the game under control on offense to avoid too many turnovers. Great win for the Hawks against the division-rival Magic to begin their homestand.