The Hawks returned home on Saturday night to take on a scrappy Orlando Magic team. The Magic were 3-3 on the season coming in, and they have a Rookie of the Year candidate in Victor Oladipo.
The game started out close, as the teams were trading punches, but in the end Atlanta rode a late run to take home a 103-94 victory.
Kyle Korver missed his first couple of 3’s when he tried to hit one for the 79th consecutive game, but he finally got one to go after Paul Millsap hit him off of an offensive rebound. The Hawks started to pull away during the third quarter, going up by as many as 14 points. The Magic would come back in the fourth though, and Aaron Afflalo hit a 3 to take the lead with a little under 4 minutes to go. Jeff Teague seemed to have been fueled by the Magic’s run, as he led a run of his own to win the game. The Hawks made five of their last six shots, and Teague assisted or scored on four of them.
Teague continued his stellar play, and finished with 19 points and 13 assists. Paul Millsap continues to show that he may be the steal of the off-season in the NBA, as he had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Al Horford had 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists of his own. The team seems to really be flourishing as they figure out Budenholzer’s system, and the Hawks had an astonishing 36 assists on 43 made baskets. DeMarre Carroll got on track on the offensive end, as he finished with 12 points and shot 2-for-2 from downtown. Dennis Schröder had 17 off the bench, and Elton Brand did not see the court for the second straight game.
The Magic got 21 points from Aaron Afflalo, but that was about it. They had just four total guys in double figures.
Atlanta is back in action on Monday when they travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats.