Johnson leads Hawks over Magic
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson poured in 34 points, scoring 11
during a key fourth-quarter run, to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Orlando
Magic, 93-83, at Philips Arena.
Josh Smith added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which used an 18-4
fourth-quarter run to build a 20-point cushion. Tyronn Lue tallied 13 points
and seven assists and Marvin Williams had 12 points for the Hawks, winners in
three of their last four contests.
Grant Hill had 21 points to lead the Magic, who have dropped three straight
and eight of nine. Jameer Nelson added 16 points and Dwight Howard had 15
points and seven boards for Orlando, which hit just 1-of-9 three-pointers
compared to 7-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc for the Hawks.
The Hawks scored 12 of the first 15 points of the game and were rarely
threatened after that. Lue’s three-pointer gave Atlanta a 12-3 lead. Williams’
bucket with five minutes left in the opening quarter gave the Hawks a 10-point
Orlando managed to draw within 28-21 by the end of one and then made it 35-31
midway through the second. Atlanta, though, kept the Magic at bay, extending
to a 43-35 lead when Johnson hit 1-of-2 free throws with a little more than 2
1/2 minutes to play in the first half.
The Hawks went into the locker room with a 48-41 edge and pulled away in the
third. Smith’s bucket 4 1/2 minutes into the half extended Atlanta’s lead to
10 points, 57-47, and later Johnson drained a three-pointer to give the Hawks
a 71-58 advantage heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, ahead 71-65, Atlanta went on an 18-4 run to put the game away.
Johnson had 11 points during the surge, capping it with a three-pointer for an
89-69 lead with over three minutes to play.
Orlando made it interesting down the stretch, drawing within eight points,
89-81, on a Hedo Turkoglu bucket with a minute to play, but that was as close
as it got.
Orlando fell to 9-13 on the road…The Magic hit just 39.4 percent of their
shots…Atlanta hit 48.5 percent of its shots from the field…The Hawks
improved to 7-12 as the host…Atlanta improved to 1-1 on its current four-
game homestand…Orlando has lost seven of its last 10 at Atlanta.