NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Atlanta
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Orlando 117, Atlanta 99
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Steve Francis tallied 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead Orlando over Atlanta, 117-99, at Philips Arena.
Dwight Howard added 24 points and nine boards for the Magic, who have won three of four.
"I just wanted to come in here and get the win, and have fun when I was out there," said Howard, who grew up in Atlanta.
Antoine Walker netted 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out nine assists for the Hawks, who have dropped five in a row for the first time since a seven-game skid from December 10-20 of last season. Walker has scored 20 or more points in 10 of Atlanta's 12 games this season.
The Magic ended the first quarter, which included six different leads changes, on a 12-4 run to take a 33-28 edge into the second and they never trailed the rest of the way. Jameer Nelson capped off the burst with five straight points by himself in the final 30 seconds, including a three-pointer at the horn.
In the second, the Hawks did tie it at 37-37, but the Magic responded with a 14-2 run to regain the advantage. Francis completed the sprint on a three- point play with 5:04 left to put his team ahead, 51-39.
Orlando carried a 65-56 lead into the intermission, but the Hawks cut it to a three-point affair late in the third. Tony Delk capped off a 9-1 run with a basket to trim the deficit to 87-84 with 1:10 remaining in the frame.
The Magic then broke away by scoring 14 of the first 18 points of the final quarter to take a comfortable 104-90 lead.
The Hawks got the deficit to nine in the final six minutes, but could get no closer.
"We ran out of juice," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson.
The 117-99 final was Orlando's largest lead of the game.
The Magic shot 55 percent from the floor, but even more impressive, got the to foul line 54 times, making 44 of those shots.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson was at the game...Orlando won three of four meetings with Atlanta last season and is 16-7 in the last 23 matchups with the Hawks...The Hawks haven't played well at home this season, as they have won just one of their six tilts at Philips Arena...The Magic are 3-3 away from home this season...Atlanta played without center Predrag Drobjnak and guard Royal Ivey, both of whom were injured in Tuesday's loss at New York. Ivey was placed on the injured list prior to the game...Cuttino Mobley missed the game for the Magic with a groin injury.
11/26 23:12:23 ET