2010 Atlanta Hawks Playoffs presented by Aarons

Game 3: Orlando 105, Atlanta 75 | May 8, 2010 | Philips Arena

  • Orlando took a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against Atlanta with a 105-75 win at Philips Arena on Saturday.
  • Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with 22 points...Josh Smith had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Al Horford tallied 11 points, 8 boards and 3 assists.
  • The Magic jumped out 28-18 lead after one and pushed it to 52-33 at halftime...The Hawks shot 31.0% in the first 24 minutes and were outrebounded 30-18...Orlando shot 46.3% in the half and hit seven three-pointers.
  • Rashard Lewis led Orlando with 22 points and Dwight Howard recorded 21 points and 16 rebounds.
  • The Magic finished the night shooting 50.7% from the field, 10-29 from three-point range and 23-34 from the line.
  • The Hawks ended up shooting 34.9% from the floor, 4-15 from downtown and 13-19 from the stripe.
  • The teams meet in Game 4 on May 10 (8pm) at Philips Arena (TNT, 790 The Zone).

Jamal Crawford



Honorable Mentions:
Josh Smith - 15 points, 11 rebounds

Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:

By the end of Game 3, I felt the same way the Hawks had played: defeated, exhausted, spent.

Coming into Game 3, the Hawks had a chance to make this a series again. But the Orlando Magic weren't having it.

The Magic, who haven't lost a game yet in these Playoffs, crushed the Hawks again, controlling the game from the tip and winning going away, 105-75. The Hawks are trying to beat the best team in the NBA right now, and the Hawks have had no answers, for Dwight Howard, for Jameer Nelson, for Rashard Lewis, for Orlando's defense. It's been like watching a team run headfirst into a brick wall, over and over and over.

It's helped Orlando that they're able to play inside-out, while the Hawks are trying to play outside-in against a team that plays very good perimeter defense. But it's more than just that. Orlando's playing amazing basketball right now, spacing the floor, sharing the ball, closing out against shooters. More than anything it's just disappointing that the Hawks don't seem to be able to find the effort to even compete for 48 minutes.

Now the Hawks find themselves down 3-0. No team in the history of the NBA has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. This is not a great place to be.

Hawks Playoff Media Guide

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- Stats (PDF)
- Opponents (PDF)
- Records (PDF)

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