Magic Musings: Orlando gives sizzling Hawks all they can handle in loss

BY foxsports • December 12, 2014

The Orlando Magic gave the red-hot Atlanta Hawks all they could handle Friday night before losing 87-81.

Despite getting 21 points from Victor Oladipo and 18 from Evan Fournier, the Magic became the ninth team in a row to fall to the Hawks, who are on their longest winning streak in 17 years. Both Oladipo and Fournier did the bulk of their scoring in the first three quarters.

The Magic took their biggest lead at 57-45 on a three-point play by Kyle O'Quinn, who started again at center in place of the injured Nikola Vucevic. But the Hawks crept back into the game by finally finding their touch from 3-point range after missing 14 of their first 15 attempts from that distance.

O'Quinn recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10, as did Tobias Harris with 13 points and 11 rebounds. All five starters played at least 32 minutes as the Magic got just seven points from their bench. Willie Green had an especially rough night, missing all eight of his shots.

The Hawks had held opposing teams to 87.9 points per game during their previous eight wins and continued that defensive trend by forcing 19 turnovers and limiting the Magic to 39 percent shooting from the floor.

The Hawks were only 4 of 21 from the floor in an 11-point second quarter, a season low for any Magic opponent.

The Magic haven't won three straight on the road since a four-game run in January 2012.

THE TURNING POINT

After scoring the last 11 points of the third quarter to tie the score, the Hawks went ahead to stay with a 14-4 run that included 3-pointers from Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Mike Scott.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

Millsap led all scorers with 23 points and also pulled down eight rebounds.

STAT OF THE GAME

The Hawks were called for only 12 fouls, compared to 27 for the Magic, and attempted 11 more free throws.

WHAT'S NEXT

Saturday night vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m. This marks the first time the Magic will play the same opponent on back-to-back days since they faced the Miami Heat on Feb. 14-15, 2006.

You can follow Ken Hornack on Twitter @HornackFSFla or email him at khornack32176@gmail.com.


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