ORLANDO, Fla. — What was starting to look like a morale-boosting come-from-behind victory for the Orlando Magic instead turned into another frustrating defeat.
The Magic led by three with less than a minute to go against the Atlanta Hawks but couldn’t manage a basket the rest of the way and lost 112-109.
Rookie Pero Antic, making his eighth start at center for the injured Al Horford, gave the Hawks a 110-109 lead with 22.8 remaining on two free throws. Antic was fouled by Jameer Nelson, who had his running jump shot blocked by Kyle Korver.
Antic hit two more free throws with 11.1 seconds to go after Glen Davis missed a 12-foot jump shot. Nelson’s 3-point attempt over Korver at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim, sending the Magic to their 12th loss in the last 13 games.
Despite getting into early foul trouble, Victor Oladipo bounced back to lead the Magic with 24 points. They also got an unexpected lift from seldom-used Doron Lamb, who scored a season-high 13 points before fouling out with 5:34 remaining after picking up three fouls in a nine-second span.