Hawks Go Cold In Second Half; Blown Out By Magic
The Hawks held an eight point lead early in the third quarter before the Magic went on a 45-16 run to close the third quarter and open the fourth. The Hawks shot 4-for-25 (16%) during that run that lasted from the 10:01 mark in the third to the 7:01 mark in the fourth. Aaron Afflalo led the way for the Magic with 10 of his 26 points coming in the third quarter. E’Twaun Moore added nine points off the bench as the Magic out-scored the Hawks 36-20 in the third.
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Jeff Teague got off to a fast start with nine points and two assists in the first quarter, but finished with just 15 points and six assists along with four turnovers. Al Horford had 15 points as well for the Hawks and added five boards, three assists, and two blocks. Horford was 7-of-10 from the field, but he and Paul Millsap struggled to contain the Magic on the glass as they were out-rebounded 23-10 (3-1 OR) by Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis. The Hawks as a team were out-rebounded 42-35 (6-4 OR).
The Magic shot 50.6% as a team for the game, while the Hawks shot just 41.1%, and the Magic turned the tables on the Hawks, who set the NBA season-high for team assists with 36 in their first meeting, by dishing out 29 assists on their 42 made baskets.
Andrew Nicholson was a stud off the bench for the Magic going 8-for-11 from the field for 18 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Victor Oladipo also had a big night, as the rookie shooting guard had 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting and five assists.
The Hawks held a four-point half-time lead and pulled ahead by eight early in the third before the aforementioned 45-16 run that essentially ended the Hawks’ chances at the win. Coach Bud came out and stated bluntly in his opening statement what he felt was the issue for the Hawks.
“Obviously we didn’t play well. In the second half Orlando raised their level and we didn’t respond to it. We as a group got a little out of sync, and we have to learn how to respond and react when the opponent raises their level.”
Shelvin Mack, who was off to a good start with six points and two assists in eight minutes of play, sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return to the game. He will not travel with the team to Houston and will miss at least one game due to the injury, per Coach Bud who said he hoped Mack would return soon and that the injury was not too severe.
The biggest bright spot on the night was Kyle Korver inching ever closer to the all-time record for consecutive games with a three-pointer as he moved his streak to 88 games in the second quarter, just one game behind Dana Barros. Korver will have the opportunity to tie Barros in Houston tomorrow night, and can break the record here in Atlanta against the Mavs on Friday.
Lou Williams play was encouraging as he had his best game since returning to the lineup with 11 points and a team-high eight assists in 24 minutes. Williams’ availability in Houston is unknown at this time.
The Hawks’ second half collapse will give them plenty to think about on the flight to Houston tonight, where they will look to bounce back against the Rockets.
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