Despite having a 17 point deficit in the third quarter the Magic fought back and regained the lead in the fourth quarter. The Hawks went to a 10-0 run at the end of the game to seal the deal.
Hawks’ Jeff Teague scored a team high of 19 points and 13 assists while teammate Paul Millsap added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
One of the problems the Magic have had in the last couple of games is turning over the ball. They ended up turning the ball over 18 times and the Hawks made sure to take advantage of those mistakes.
So far this season, the Magic’s defense has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting. This was not the case against the Hawks as they shot at 48 percent from the field. The Magic also struggled on rebounds as they only pulled down 36 boards. This is a low number as they were averaging 49.7 rebounds per game this season.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 21 points, seven assists and two steals. Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson each contributed 13 points. Nikola Vucevic who usually records a double-double, ended the game with seven points and six rebounds. Rookie Victor Oladipo finished the night with five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Following the game against the Hawks the Magic traveled to Boston and have the day off on Sunday. They will take on the Celtics on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.