Turkoglu leads Magic over struggling Atlanta
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points and Dwight
Howard added 15 points and 13 rebounds, as the Magic continued their home
domination with a 108-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Jameer Nelson also had 15 points for Orlando, which won its third straight
overall and its sixth in a row at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Darko Milicic and
Keyon Dooling added 13 points apiece for the Magic, winners in 11 of their
last 12 at home over the Hawks.
After putting seven players in double figures in each of their last two
contests, the Magic had six in Sunday’s game. DeShawn Stevenson tallied 12
points, as the Magic shot 59.7 percent from the field, including a spectacular
13-of-18 in the final quarter.
Al Harrington scored 20 points for the Hawks, losers of four straight and
eight of their last nine games. Joe Johnson tallied 19 points, Josh Childress
scored 18, and Zaza Pachulia finished with 16 points and 12 boards.
The Magic trailed 42-40 in the second quarter, but scored the final nine
points of the half to lead by seven at the break. Nelson had five of those
A 7-2 run by the Magic at the end of the third expanded their lead to 77-66.
The Hawks trimmed their deficit to 97-91 with 3:11 left after a layup by Josh
Smith, but Orlando responded with a 7-1 spurt over the next 61 seconds to seal
the victory. Stevenson’s fast-break bucket culminated the spurt.
Orlando has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 12 of its last 19
games…The Magic are 1-2 versus Atlanta this season…Marvin Williams had 13
points for Atlanta…Orlando defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-86, at the
Wachovia Center on Friday to snap a franchise-record 16-game road losing
streak…Atlanta has lost six straight road contests and is 7-27 as the
visitor this season.