Howard and Magic pound Atlanta
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard had 11 points, 11 rebounds and
three blocks to lead the Orlando Magic to a 98-79 drubbing of the Atlanta
Hawks at TD Waterhouse Center.
Carlos Arroyo led six double-digit scorers with 15 points while Hedo Turkoglu
added 14 points for the Magic, who have won three in a row and seven of their
last eight contests. Keith Bogans and Keyon Dooling netted 13 apiece in the
Shelden Williams chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds and Joe Johnson
donated 16 for the Hawks, who have lost five of their last six games. Tyronn
Lue and Salim Stoudamire each score 14 points.
Orlando jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead, as the Hawks opened the game 1-of-11
from the floor, 1-of-4 from the line and committed three turnovers in the
first 6 1/2 minutes of the contest.
Despite turning the ball over seven times, Atlanta netted seven of the final
11 points to pull within 31-18 after the opening 12 minutes of play.
After the Hawks scored the first six points of the second quarter, narrowing
the gap to 31-24, the Magic closed the quarter on a 26-5 run, highlighted by
Arroyo’s three-point play, for a 57-29 advantage.
Atlanta added fuel to the spurt by going almost 10 minutes without a field
goal, missing 14 shots in a row until Williams’ jumper with 35.4 seconds to
play in the half.
The Hawks began the third quarter with a 12-2 rally, capped by Lue’s three-
point play, cutting the deficit to 59-41. Orlando didn’t convert its first
field goal until the 6:53 mark of the period.
The Magic were outscored 28-22 in the third quarter but still held a 79-57
margin heading into the final frame.
Atlanta tallied the first six points of the fourth to pull within 16, 79-63,
but that was as close as it would get.
The biggest applause of the night came with just about 3 1/2 minutes to play
when Orlando’s first round draft pick J.J. Redick made his NBA debut. He hit
1-of-2 from the floor for two points.
Orlando’s Grant Hill was not with the team due to the death of his
grandmother…Atlanta’s Speedy Claxton sat out with a knee injury…The Magic
have won five straight meetings at home…The Hawks’ Solomon Jones was called
for a flagrant foul with 1:34 remaining when he threw Bo Outlaw to the floor
as he surged to the basket…The Magic have won six in a row at
home…Orlando’s bench netted 49 points…Orlando shot 46 percent from the
floor while the Hawks connected on 36 percent of their shots, including 4-
of-20 in the second quarter.