The Atlanta Hawks have had one of the best records in basketball over the last few seasons.
After finally breaking through into the postseason in 2008, the Hawks pushed the Boston Celtics, who would eventually win the NBA championship, to seven games in their first round series. A year later, the Hawks took it one step further, improving their record by 10 games (37-45 to 47-35) and defeated Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in seven games before being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. Last season the Hawks improved their record again, finishing 53-29, which was the third best record in the Eastern Conference and sixth best record in the entire league. They again advanced to the second after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games.
After winning a playoff series for the second straight year, the Hawks were swept by the Orlando Magic in one of the most lopsided postseason series in NBA history, losing the four games by a combined 101 points.
Suffering from devastating defeats at the hands of the Orlando Magic is nothing new for the Hawks. If you include the postseason, the Hawks are now 3-13 in their last 16 games against the Magic.
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