Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Magic - March 24, 2010

Atlanta 86, Orlando 84 | March 24, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • Josh Smith's follow-up slam at the buzzer lifted Atlanta to an 86-84 win over Orlando at Philips Arena on Wednesday and gave coach Mike Woodson Happy Birthday present in the process.
  • According to the NBA, the Hawks have now clinched a Playoff beth.
  • Atlanta led by as many as 11 in the 4th quarter before Orlando knotted the gamer at 84 on Vince Carter's 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play...Joe Johnson missed a jumper but Smith flushed the putback as time expired to give the Hawks their first win over Orlando this year.
  • Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds...Josh Smith had 15 points, 7 boards and 4 blocks...Al Horford had his team-leading 32nd double-double (6th straight) with 12 points and 11 rebounds...Mike Bibby scored 14 (4-5 3FGs), Jamal Crawford 11 and Mo Evans finished with 10.
  • The Hawks had a rough start as the Magic opened the game on a 15-2 run over the first 6 minutes...Atlanta battled back and trailed 22-16 after one quarter.
  • Led by Mo Evans, the Hawks rally continued in the 2nd quarter...Evans scored 8 of his 10 1st half points in the 2nd and Atlanta outscored Orlando 30-20 for 46-42 lead at the break.
  • Jameer Nelson had 20 points and 8 assists for the Magic and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 24 boards.
  • The Hawks held Orlando to 37.5% shooting on the night and bested the Magic in fastbreak points 14-4.
  • The win was the Hawks' 7th straight at home, tying a season-high.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Friday at Philadelphia (7pm) on SPSO and 790 The Zone.

Mike Bibby



Honorable Mentions:
Mo Evans - 10 pts, 4-5 FGM-A
Al Horford - 12 points, 11 rebounds

- Apparently J-Smoove decided he didn't feel like another overtime at the Highlight Factory. He went ahead and took care of things in regulation.

- There were a lot of phases to tonight's game, with many storylines coming to the surface. The overall story was that the Hawks overcame a poor start and a poor shooting night from Joe, Jamal, Josh and Marvin to grind out a victory. BLOG: Atlanta's depth will make them dangerous in the playoffs.

- Atlanta fell behind 15-2 and was extremely cold from the field. "The Wingmen" can be credited for changing the momentum of the game, led by Mo Evans. Evans hit a pair of corner 3-pointers and a pair of dunks to lead the Hawks all the way back to tie the score at 26 midway through the second period.

- In the third period it became apparent that Johnson's outside shot was a little off tonight, but he showed great leadership by finding other ways to contribute. He took advantage lazy pass in the backcourt to get an easy basket and repeatedly passed out of double-teams to open teammates to record six assists in the quarter.

- After being out-rebounded 17-7 in the first quarter, the Hawks matched the Magic on the boards the rest of the way, led by Al Horford's 11 rebounds.

- The fourth quarter featured 17 fouls and 23 free throws. The Hawks were over the limit just three minutes into the quarter and the Magic weren't too far behind, putting Atlanta in the bonus with 5:30 to play.