Hawks vs. Magic - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 108-76 on the road at the Amway Center. This was the third of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the win, the Hawks improved to 29-22 on the season and 3-0 in the regular season series with the Magic. The win also marks the Hawks' ninth-straight victory against Orlando. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Ivan Johnson received a DNP-CD. Jannero Pargo's second 10-day contract expired on Tuesday, and he is no longer on the roster. The team either must sign him for the rest of the year or let him go. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 30 points. He also grabbed 10 boards and dished out five assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Al Horford also added a double-double, with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and five dimes. The Magic were lead by Andrew Nicholson and Jameer Nelson, who scored 10 points apiece. In the first quarter, the Magic led 16-11 with 4:46 to go in the quarter, but that was the last lead they would see in the game. The Hawks closed the quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 25-19 lead over the Magic at the end of one. In the second quarter, the Hawks extended their lead to 57-36 at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks came out of the locker room strong, extending their lead to 90-56 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Coach Larry Drew rested all his starters except for Anthony Tolliver, and the Hawks still managed to build their lead up to 38, the largest of the game, and the Hawks won by 32. The thing that stood out the most to me about this win was assists. The Hawks had 32 dimes on the night. They used great ball movement to propel them into the All-Star break with momentum.