Recapping and handing out player grades for the Atlanta Hawks’ Monday defeat.
Looking to win the 2nd game of a back-to-back for the first time this season, the Atlanta Hawks faced off with the Magic in Orlando Monday night. Coming off the 2OT win over the Knicks just a day ago, the tired Hawks were going to have it tough.
The starters started out expectantly slow, allowing Orlando to get out to an early led. The Hawks’ bench was able to turn that around however, with Dewayne Dedmon, Jeff Teague and Brandon Goodwin having a good period. The Atlanta bench scored 16 points in 1st quarter, compared to just two from Orlando’s bench.
That was a trend that continued throughout the night, and at game’s end, every member of the bench had a positive +/- while the starting five all have at least a -14 or worse.
In the ensuing periods, it was a game of runs, with the teams turning deficits into leads throughout.
The Magic caught fire from three in the 2nd half, especially in the fourth quarter. A 11-0 run with four minutes to pay seemed to put the game away for the 8th seeded Magic.
Still the Hawks were at least able to make things interesting, cutting it to five with 30 seconds remaining, which failed to surmount to a comeback. Magic win, 135-126.
The Hawks have still not won the second of a back-to-back, and pick up their 40th loss on the season. Next, we’ll be handing out grades to the players.