In the last game before a week-long break for the All-Star game weekend, the Atlanta Hawks will face off against the Orlando Magic in Central Florida. The Magic have lived up to the few expectations that were present in their post-Dwight Howard world with a paltry record of 15-36. Orlando has gone 3-22 in their last 25 games, and have most likely turned their attention to the 2013 offseason. General Manager Rob Hennigan may look towards gathering assets by trading an expiring JJ Redick.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game #51, Road Game #25)
Where?: Amway Center (Orlando, FL)
When?: Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013 – 7:00 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Anthony Tolliver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Jameer Nelson | SG: Arron Afflalo | SF: Maurice Harkless | PF: Andrew Nicholson | C: Nikola Vucevic
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams (torn right ACL) is out.
Orlando Magic: Hedo Turkoglu (sore back) is day-to-day. Glen Davis (fractured left foot) and Al Harrington (right knee rehabilition) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (28-22) … Orlando Magic (15-36)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Won 1 … Orlando Magic –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Lost 8
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (11-13) away … Magic are (9-17) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
Orlando Magic: Cold.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks head to Orlando for the second-and-final time in the third-of-four tilts with the Magic. Atlanta owns a 2-0 record against Orlando this year, winning 81-72 at home (11/19) and 86-80 on the road (12/12). Al Horford is averaging 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds (one double-double) in the two games, while Zaza Pachulia is pulling down 10.0 boards. Glen Davis (11 points) was the only Magic player scoring in double-figures in the first meeting and Arron Afflalo put in 16 in the second contest. Orlando visit Philips Arena on 3/30 to closeout the season series. The all-time series is deadlocked at 45 wins apiece, with the Magic holding a 30-16 edge in home games.
LAST MEETING — HAWKS 86, MAGIC 80 — AMWAY CENTER (ORL, FL) — 12/12/12
Atlanta posted an 86-80 win at Orlando behind double-doubles from Josh Smith (16 points/11 rebounds) and Al Horford (13 points/13 boards). Jeff Teague shared game-high
honors with 16 points, while Lou Williams scored 11 and Devin Harris 10. Arron Afflalo put in 16 points for the Magic. The Hawks used a strong defensive effort, holding Orlando to 34 first half points, to take a 12-point halftime lead. The advantage ballooned to as-many-as 19 midway through the third, and remained at 12 heading to final frame. The Magic wouldn’t go away and cut the deficit to 86-80 with just over one minute to go, but the Hawks made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
Zaza Pachulia spent his rookie season (2003-04) with Orlando, where DeShawn Stevenson also played part of that year (Stevenson played in Orlando through 2005-06). Bob Weiss is a former Magic assistant coach. Al Horford attended the University of Florida. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn had two separate stints in a Hawks uniform, playing all 82 games in 2001-02 and 72 contests in 2003-04. Al Harrington played for the Hawks from 2004-06, appearing in 142 games (18.1 ppg). Jeff Teague and Ish Smith were college teammates at Wake Forest (2007-09). Hawks assistant coach Lester Conner coached Josh McRoberts as an assistant with Pacers (2008-10). Johan Petro and Arron Afflalo were teammates in Denver in 2009-10. Anthony Morrow and Harrington were teammates briefly with Golden State in 2008-09. Lou Williams and Nikola Vucevic teamed-up in Philadelphia during the 2011-12 campaign.
Information was used from the Hawks and Magic official gamenotes