The Orlando Magic lost it’s 2nd game of a back-to-back 112-109 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
The Magic had an opportunity to tie the game and send it to overtime after trailing by 19 in the 3rd quarter. However, Magic guard Jameer Nelson’s 3-point shot clanked off the front of the rim to give the Hawks the victory. Here are the three takeaways from the Magic loss to the Hawks.
Defense is a no-show
The Atlanta Hawks shot 49.4 percent from the field, which featured a monstrous 3rd quarter that saw the Hawks lead by 19 with 4:05 remaining in the quarter.
Since they trailed 86-71 late in the 3rd, the Magic have outscored the Hawks 21-9.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) January 23, 2014
The only problem with the Hawks offense was the turnovers (17), which allowed the Magic to stay in the game and eventually take the lead due to the Magic’s 27 points off of those turnovers.
Doron Lamb almost becomes the unsung hero
Doron Lamb has spent the majority of the season sitting on the bench. However, Lamb made his presence known against the Hawks on Wednesday. Lamb’s 10 second half points were a huge factor in the Magic’s comeback bid. Lamb finished with 13 points before fouling out in the 4th quarter.
Victor Oladipo is sensational
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo had a team-high 24 points, while also dishing out seven assists and seven rebounds. Oladipo along with Lamb kept the Magic in the game during the 3rd quarter and helped the Magic cut the lead to eight heading into the 4th quarter. More importantly, Oladipo scored those 24 points in an efficient manner.
Super efficient night so far from Victor Oladipo: 7-10 shooting, 2-2 on 3s, 5-5 on FTs … 21 pts, 3 reb and 4 assists.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 23, 2014
The next game for the Magic will be against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. The Magic will continue its 25th anniversary by honoring Bo Outlaw during the game. This will be the first match up of the season between the Magic and the Lakers. Tip-off from the Amway Center is set for 7 p.m.