NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Atlanta
(Monday, January 29th)
Final Score: Atlanta 93, Orlando 83
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson poured in 34 points, scoring 11 during a key fourth-quarter run, to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Orlando Magic, 93-83, at Philips Arena.
Josh Smith added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which used an 18-4 fourth-quarter run to build a 20-point cushion. Tyronn Lue tallied 13 points and seven assists and Marvin Williams had 12 points for the Hawks, winners in three of their last four contests.
"We came out and got off to a great start and it carried over throughout the game," said Johnson.
Grant Hill had 21 points to lead the Magic, who have dropped three straight and eight of nine. Jameer Nelson added 16 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and seven boards for Orlando, which hit just 1-of-9 three-pointers compared to 7-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc for the Hawks.
"When you lose eight out of nine you're never in a good place," said Orlando head coach Brian Hill. "The only way you get through something like this is to work hard and stay together as a team."
The Hawks scored 12 of the first 15 points of the game and were rarely threatened after that. Lue's three-pointer gave Atlanta a 12-3 lead. Williams' bucket with five minutes left in the opening quarter gave the Hawks a 10-point cushion, 21-11.
Orlando managed to draw within 28-21 by the end of one and then made it 35-31 midway through the second. Atlanta, though, kept the Magic at bay, extending to a 43-35 lead when Johnson hit 1-of-2 free throws with a little more than 2 1/2 minutes to play in the first half.
The Hawks went into the locker room with a 48-41 edge and pulled away in the third. Smith's bucket 4 1/2 minutes into the half extended Atlanta's lead to 10 points, 57-47, and later Johnson drained a three-pointer to give the Hawks a 71-58 advantage heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, ahead 71-65, Atlanta went on an 18-4 run to put the game away. Johnson had 11 points during the surge, capping it with a three-pointer for an 89-69 lead with over three minutes to play.
Orlando made it interesting down the stretch, drawing within eight points, 89-81, on a Hedo Turkoglu bucket with a minute to play, but that was as close as it got.
"I thought we were sluggish at shootaround this morning and it carried over to the game," said Brian Hill. "I don't know what the answer is for that. It's something we have to correct."
Orlando fell to 9-13 on the road...The Magic hit just 39.4 percent of their shots...Atlanta hit 48.5 percent of its shots from the field...The Hawks improved to 7-12 as the host...Atlanta improved to 1-1 on its current four- game homestand.
01/29 22:51:48 ET