The Orlando Magic (5-6) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (8-7) 109-92 on Tuesday ending the Magic’s 11 game losing streak to the Hawks. The game was close for the majority of the 48 minutes, until the Magic went on a huge 3rd quarter run to pull away from the Hawks. Let’s take a closer look at the three keys to the Magic victory over its division rival.
Oladipo leads the way
Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo had another solid game for the Magic scoring 18 points, dishing out five assists and only committing one turnover. The rookie was a key part of the Magic eventually pulling away from the Hawks. At one point in the 4th quarter, Oladipo scored eight consecutive points including a 3-point shot, a dunk-and-one and a layup to essentially shut the door on any comeback attempt by the Hawks. Oladipo also had the highlight of the night with a posterizing dunk over Al Horford and Paul Milsap.
Jameer Nelson takes the reigns in the 3rd quarter
Jameer Nelson set the tone for the Magic in the 3rd quarter. Nelson finished the game with eight points and 10 assists. Under Nelson’s guidance, the Magic made 13 out of its first 20 shots of the 3rd quarter to take an 83-71 lead over the Hawks. Eight of Nelson’s 10 assists came in a 3rd quarter that permanently turned the tide of the game.
Via score or assist, Jameer Nelson account for 24 of the Magic’s 36 third-quarter points.
— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) November 27, 2013
The Magic bench brings the offense
The Orlando Magic bench was able to provide a spark on the offensive end of the court that then turned into a raging fire for the rest of the team. The bench duo of Andrew Nicholson and E’Twaun Moore combined for 30 points off the bench. Nicholson scored 18 points for the Magic, while Moore had 12 points to help the Magic finish off the Hawks. The Magic were a plus-18 when Nicholson was on the floor, with the young power forward dominating Atlanta Hawks center Gustavo Ayon in the post.
- Arron Afflalo led all players in scoring with 26 points.
- This is the first road victory for the Magic since March 4 of last season
- Al Horford and Jeff Teague led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points.
- Magic forward Tobias Harris did not play after feeling soreness in his left ankle. Harris played in his first game of the season on Sunday.
- The Orlando Magic will have a quick turnaround as they will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Quote of the night
Oladipo: “I’m trying to get the hang of it, slowly but surely… I’m being patient and taking what the defense gives me.”
— Orlando Magic Stuff (@ORLMagicStuff) November 27, 2013