Heading into the All-Star break, the Orlando Magic were looking to make it two wins in a row. Alas, it was not to be, as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Magic 108-76 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
"We were down, definitely down. Nothing more to say. We got punked," Magic guard J.J. Redick said.
Atlanta (29-22) was led by 30 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Smith, while Al Horford registered 26 points and 12 rebounds, John Jenkins totaled nine points and Zaza Pachulia finished with eight points and six boards.
For Orlando (15-37), Andrew Nicholson (10 points and six rebounds) and Jameer Nelson (10 points) were the only players in double figures, with Arron Afflalo and E'Twaun Moore scoring nine points apiece, Ish Smith recording eight points and six rebounds and Redick recording eight points.
The Hawks outshot the hosts 41 of 92 (44.6%) to 34 of 82 (41.5%) from the field and 10 of 34 (29.4%) to 3 of 14 (21.4%) from 3-point range, while making 16 of 23 (69.6%) shots from the free-throw line compared to 5 of 9 (55.6%) for the Magic. Atlanta outrebounded Orlando 54-41 and held a 32-18 edge in assists, although the Magic beat the Hawks 46-32 on points in the paint.
After the visitors outscored Orlando 25-19, 32-17 and 33-20 in the first three quarters, the Magic won the fourth period 20-18.
"It's just a break, not a vacation," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the All-Star break. "It's a break to clear your mind a little bit, let your body rejuvenate, and get ready for the remaining games At the end of the day, as simple as it can be you have to be ready to compete every night, especially with the remaining games that we have."
Orlando is idle until hosting Charlotte on Tuesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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