The Hawks reserves got a lot of playing time thanks to the dynamic duo of Josh Smith and Al Horford, who combined for 56 points and 22 rebounds as Atlanta obliterated division rival Orlando Magic 108-76 on Wednesday, taking a 3-0 lead in the season series.
The Hawks were up by as many as 38 points with 11 minutes left in regulation and cruised down the stretch to their ninth straight regular-season victory over the Magic.
Smith paced Atlanta with a game-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 30 minutes of action. Horford tallied 26 points while adding 12 boards, five assists and two steals in 32 minutes. The other three Hawks starters — Jeff Teague (7), Anthony Tolliver (7) and Devin Harris (4) — only combined for 18 points, while the bench chipped in for a collective 34 points.
Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson each had 10 points for Orlando. No other players scored in double-figures. Arron Afflalo (9), Nikola Vucevic (6) and Moe Harkless (4) combined for 19 points, while the Magic bench poured in 37.
Orlando jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage in the opening quarter but Atlanta took the lead 16-15 at the 3:11 mark when Kyle Korver set up Zaza Pachulia for an easy bucket one foot from the hoop. J.J. Redick sank a 3-pointer to level the score at 18 apiece but the Hawks closed out the period on a 7-1 spurt, taking a 25-19 lead into the second quarter.
That’s when things got ugly.
Atlanta got hot midway through the period, rattled off a 13-2 run, and went on to outscore Orlando 32-17. At halftime the Hawks were up 57-36.
They never looked back.
Atlanta padded their cushion in the third and extended their lead in the fourth to 38 points before coasting down the stretch to a dominating 108-76 victory.
This was the last game for both teams before the All-Star break.
Orlando (15-37) hosts Charlotte (12-40) on Feb. 19, and Atlanta (29-22) heads down to Miami (35-14) on Feb. 20.