NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 19th
(All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (3-6) at Atlanta Hawks (4-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Fresh off going .500 on a recent road trip, the Atlanta
Hawks will get used to home over the next few weeks, starting with Monday's
matchup with the Southeast Division-rival Orlando Magic at Philips Arena.
The Hawks went 2-2 on a four-game western road swing against the Clippers,
Trail Blazers, Warriors and Kings, and finished the trek by handing Sacramento
a 112-96 defeat on Friday. Kyle Korver's stroke was on display for a game-high
22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and he knocked down all five of his 3-pointers.
Al Horford got into the act with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Lou Williams
provided 21 points off the bench and Josh Smith added 19 for an Atlanta team
that shot 55.3 percent for the game and 53.3 percent from downtown.
"I thought we moved the ball well. I thought tonight was probably our best
game as a team as far as executing plays, seeing the first, second and third
option and taking our time," Korver said. "And that's when guys like me are
able to thrive. Good ball movement and a good shooting night."
Atlanta outscored the Kings by 14 points in the both the opening and third
quarters, and its lead swelled to 18 in the second stanza. Jeff Teague scored
13 of his 15 points in the first quarter.
Smith has been a thorn in opponents' side lately and is averaging 18.0 points
(54) and 9.7 rebounds (29) in his last three games. His teammates understand
how well he is playing as of late and have dished out 20-plus assists in all
eight games this season, averaging 21.5 apg in that span.
The Hawks will play two straight and seven of their next eight games at home
and are 111-46 as the host since the 2008-09 season.
Orlando was able to halt a five-game losing streak Friday at Detroit, but fell
back into the loss column with a 97-86 setback in Toronto two days later.
Glen Davis and E'Twaun Moore each finished with 16 points for the Magic, who
hope to close out a three-game road trip Monday on a good note and are 1-4
away from home this season. Davis also had 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick missed
the game because of an illness. He is questionable against the Hawks.
"It affects us with scoring, ball movement and leadership," Orlando coach
Jacque Vaughn said of not having Redick.
The Magic were able to get within 69-67 against the Raptors, but the hosts
posted a big run late in the game to pull away. Arron Afflalo added 15 points
in a losing effort.
Orlando, which has trailed after the first quarter in seven games this season,
will begin a five-game homestand Wednesday versus Detroit, Cleveland, Boston,
San Antonio and Brooklyn.
Atlanta has enjoyed success lately in this series, sweeping all three matchups
with Orlando a season ago. The Hawks have won six straight and seven of the
previous eight meetings with the Magic, losers in four straight at Philips
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