Orlando Magic Finally Defeat Atlanta Hawks as Afflalo, Oladipo Shine
After a first half that looked like it would be a run-of-the-mill going through the motions loss to the Hawks, the Orlando Magic bounced back big int he second half to defeat Atlanta 109-92. The Magic outscored the Hawks 60-39 behind a team led by hot shooting, great ball movement and an inspired play that has been lacking of late.
Arron Afflalo once again led the Magic in scoring, bouncing back from two average games to finish with 26 points. Victor Oladipo, who picked up four first half fouls, finished the game with 18 points, 5 assists, only 1 turnover and a thunderous posterization of Paul Millsap and Al Horford.
With Oladipo picking up four fouls in the first half, Coach Jacque Vaughn chose to remove him from the starting lineup at the start of the second and insert E’Twaun Moore. After a quick 4-0 run to start the half for the Hawks, the Magic took a timeout to regroup and it worked well. Moore came out and scored the next seven points for Orlando, who would finish the next 10:02 of the 3rd quarter on a 36-16 run. They wouldn’t turn back.
The win broke Orlando’s 11-game losing streak against the Hawks.
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- It was confusion from the get-go for Orlando who intended to start a lineup featuring Tobias Harris at SF and Glen Davis at PF, with Oladipo and Harkless coming off the bench. However, when Tobias was warming up before the game his previously injured left ankle still felt funny. He indicated that he felt soreness during and after his first game on Sunday night and the team removed him from the active list to be cautious. The Magic started Nelson/Oladipo/Afflalo/Davis/Vucevic.
- The strong bench play tonight from Andrew Nicholson and E’Twaun Moore really helped spark a team that was struggling offensively. Nicholson would finish with a strong 18 points and 8 rebounds, on 8-11 shooting and Moore had 12 points and 5 assists.
- Nik Vucevic continued his usual strong performance on the glass, pulling down 15 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
- Jameer Nelson continues to take too many ill-advised three-pointers and shot just 1-7 on the night from deep. However, he did a strong job of distributing the basketball and finished with 10 assists. It was his first game with 10 or more assists since March 27th, 2013.
- The Hawks were led in scoring by 15 a piece by Al Horford and Jeff Teague.
- In his third game back, Glen Davis played decently – but you can still tell he is working himself into game shape. He had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
- Positive of the night: 29 assists to just 12 turnovers for Orlando.
“It was fun to be a part of. We’re still not healthy. We thought we were going to be healthy at the beginning on the game and it turned out not to be so with Tobias, but our guys stepped up.” – Coach Jacque Vaughn
The Magic improved to 5-9 on the season and are back in action on Wednesday night at home against the 76ers.