NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Atlanta
(Sunday, March 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 108, Orlando 107 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Zaza Pachulia scored with just two seconds remaining in overtime as Atlanta edged Orlando in overtime, 108-107 at Philips Arena.
Pachulia, who was originally a second pick of Orlando in 2003, finished with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a four game losing streak.
"My first game-winner in my career," said Pachulia. "It felt good, especially against my old team."
Joe Johnson led all scorers, netting 40 points while dishing out 11 assists. Al Harrington added 24 points and seven boards.
Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 18 points. Hedo Turkoglu tallied 16 for the Magic, who saw their modest two game winning streak come to an end. Dwight Howard scored 13 points and grabbed 15 boards.
Trailing by four, 96-92, late in the fourth quarter, Nelson nailed a jumper to bring the Magic within two with 1:05 left to play.
After a Johnson miss, Turkoglu dropped in a jumper to bring the score even, 96-96, with just 23 seconds remaining.
Harrington then missed a jump shot at the buzzer, and the game went into overtime.
After back-to-back jumpers from Johnson, the Magic, led by the combination of Nelson and Howard, scored the next nine points to give Orlando a 105-100 lead with 1:24 left to play.
Josh Smith answered with a trey to bring Atlanta within two with just 47 seconds left.
After two Howard free throws, Johnson dropped in a three pointer of his own to bring the Hawks within one, 107-106, with 34 seconds left.
On Orlando's next possession, Turkoglu was called for an offensive foul, giving Atlanta the ball with 12 seconds remaining.
Johnson drove to the basket and missed a layup, but Pachulia put in the miss to give Atlanta a one point lead with two seconds left.
"It was the story of the game. [Pachulia] had 18 rebounds, 12 on the offensive boards," said Orlando coach Brian Hill. "Our biggest concern coming into the game was offensive rebounding."
Orlando had one last chance to win the game, but Nelson's 16 footer fell short as time expired.
After a mostly even first quarter, Darko Milic ended the period with two jumpers, his only points of the game, and Orlando led Atlanta, 32-28.
Trailing by ten in the second quarter, Johnson and Harrington led a 18-4 Atlanta run that gave them a four point lead, 52-48, with 2:41 left to play. Except for a Smith layup, Johnson and Harrington scored every point for the Hawks, including back-to-back treys to cap the run.
Turkoglu and Carlos Arroyo each connected on two free throws for the Magic and the score was tied at the break, 58-58.
After Orlando took a four point lead late in the third the Hawks scored the last eight points of the quarter to take a four point lead into the fourth, 78-74.
Game Notes Salim Stoudamire left the game with a sprained right elbow with 30.4 seconds remaining in the third. He will undergo a MRI and will not travel with the team to Detroit for Monday's game...Arroyo, DeShawn Stevenson and Trevor Ariza each scored 10 points for Orlando...Smith scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards for the Hawks...Atlanta outrebounded Orlando 45-41.
03/19 18:01:36 ET