Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
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Magic85
Game 2: Wednesday, January 7th
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Hawks102
Game 3: Friday, January 9th
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Magic121
Game 4: Saturday, April 4th
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Hawks 87

(22-13, 7-10 away)

Magic 121

(29-8, 16-3 home)

    Coverage: SPSO

    7:00 PM ET, January 9, 2009

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 18 15 27 2787
    ORL 41 30 32 18121

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Law 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Orl: H. Turkoglu 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast

    Magic crush Hawks for 11th straight home win

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The second half of a home-and-home series was over by halftime.

    The Orlando Magic won their 11th straight home game and put on their most devastating offensive show of the season in routing the Atlanta Hawks 121-87 on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Orlando scored 41 points in the first quarter and jumped out to a 71-33 halftime lead, marking the third time this season a team more than doubled their opponent's point total in the opening half.

    • The Magic have won three straight and 12 of their last 14 games.

    • Orlando went 16-for-26 from 3-point range, tying a season-high for made 3-pointers.

    • The Hawks have lost two straight and three of their last four.

    -- ESPN research

    The Magic starters, led by Hedo Turkoglu's 21 points, were a combined 24-of-39 from the field, including 10-of-13 from 3-point range. Orlando scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, then tied its season highs for points in a half (71) and game.

    The Magic also tied a season high with 16 3-pointers. Turkoglu hit all five of his attempts from long range and reserve J.J. Redick was 4-of-5 from behind the arc while scoring a season-high 15 points. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 14 points and nine assists.

    "I don't think anybody is too concerned with our record, we're just trying to play healthy basketball," Nelson said. "We have a good team, but we know we have to get better. We aren't the best team we could be. We can still get better."

    The win gave the Magic a sweep of their back-to-back series with the Hawks and improved their home record to 16-3 this season. Orlando was just 25-16 mark at home last year.

    "We're definitely playing better at home this season," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Last year, we didn't often see the kind of energy we've seen the last month coming out of the gate hard and sustaining it for the whole game."

    The Hawks starters, by contrast, were only 15-of-48 from the field and only Joe Johnson reached double figures with 11. Acie Law scored 16 and fellow reserve Solomon Jones added 12 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta.

    "I'm not real happy," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We just didn't compete tonight and it started with the five guys that started the game. That's unacceptable. We've got to go back and address that. I want these guys to understand that's unacceptable."

    "They hit us first and we never hit back," Johnson said. "They wanted it more than us."

    The game was decided early and decisively when the Magic ran off a season-high 41 points in the first quarter tied its season high for a half. The Magic held the Hawks to just 25 percent shooting over the first two quarters (10-of-40) and led 71-33 by halftime.

    Orlando hit 11 of its first 12 shots, including three straight 3-pointers, and ran off 14 straight points in a stretch where all five starters scored. Rashard Lewis ended that run with a pair of free throws that made it 22-4.

    Redick came off the bench and connected on three straight 3-pointers and two free throws to help push the Magic lead to 41-18 by the end of the first period.

    Atlanta contributed to its own misery by missing the first six shots of the second period while the Magic ran off 13 straight points to make it 54-18. The lead grew to 69-30 on a 3-pointer by Courtney Lee with 2:15 left in the quarter.

    Orlando shot 60 percent for the half (24-of-40), including 8-of-12 on 3-pointers. Each of the nine players seeing action scored at least three points and seven of the nine had at least one assist.

    Turkoglu started the second half with a 3-pointer and the Magic tied their season high for points and led by as many as 50.

    Game notes


    Atlanta gave up 73 first-half points against the Magic last March 10. The Magic are 10-0 in games in which they hold the opposition to under 40 percent shooting from the field. Lewis leads the NBA with 109 3-pointers. Hawks G Mike Bibby is second with 88. Hawks C Al Horford, who played at Florida, attended Thursday's BCS title game between the Gators and Oklahoma.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    ORL
    Points 87 121
    FGM-FGA 28-80 (.350) 40-82 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 16-28 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 23-33 (.697) 25-32 (.781)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 14-54
    Assists 16 28
    Turnovers 10 11
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 14 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (4/1) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 50

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Orlando
    Acie Law Law
    Points: 16
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Hedo Turkoglu Turkoglu
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0