Orlando Magic Team Report – April 3
=== Orlando Magic Team Report – April 3 ===
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic’s miserable season continued on Friday
with a 95-87 setback at the hands of the equally woeful Atlanta Hawks at the
TD Waterhouse Centre.
Juwan Howard had a season-high 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the
Magic, who have dropped 10 straight contests. DeShawn Stevenson netted 18
points and Andrew DeClerq tied a career-best with 17 rebounds in the setback.
Orlando led by 19 points at halftime and appeared to be on the verge of a blow
However, the Hawks clawed back as they crept within nine points at 62-53 on
Bob Sura’s three- pointer midway through the third. Atlanta got within six
later in the period, but Orlando led 76-68 after three quarters.
The Hawks scored the first seven points of the fourth period to close within
76-75, but Orlando then reeled off five straight to grab a six-point edge. The
Magic, though, widened their lead to 87-80 on Britton Johnsen’s hoop with 5:03
Atlanta then put the contest out of reach as it used a 15-0 burst to end the
game. During the game-clinching run, the Hawks were 11-of-11 from the foul
line, while the Magic went the final 5:03 without a point.
The Magic return to the court on Tuesday when they kick off a brief two-game
road trip against the Detroit Pistons.