2010 Atlanta Hawks Playoffs presented by Aarons

Game 4: Orlando 98, Atlanta 84 | May 10, 2010 | Philips Arena

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  • Orlando completed their four game sweep of Atlanta with a 98-84 win at Philips Arena on Monday...The Magic advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the winner of the Boston-Cleveland series.
  • Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with 18 points...Josh Smith had 16 and 8 rebounds...Joe Johnson tallied 14 and 5 assists and Al Horford scored 13.
  • The Magic jumped out to a 34-23 after one quarter, shooting a blistering 73.7% from the field (14-19), including 4-8 from downtown...The Hawks hit .588 from the floor in the stanza.
  • Atlanta tightened defensively in the 2nd quarter, holding Orlando to 19 points, and trimming the lead to 53-45 at the break...The Hawks failed to score off of 8 Orlando turnovers in the first 24 minutes.
  • The Magic pushed the lead to as much as 17 in the third before a late Hawks rally cut the deficit to 75-66 heading to the final frame.
  • Orlando pulled away in the fourth, leading by as many as 22.
  • For the game, Orlando shot 55.4% from the field and hit 16-37 3FGs...Atlanta hit 40.5% from the floor and 3-12 from distance.

Josh Smith



Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 13 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast

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

And so it's over. The 2009-2010 Atlanta Hawks won 53 games in the regular season, and then 4 more in the first round of the Playoffs. In the second round, however, the Hawks won zero games, capped tonight by Orlando's 98-84 win.

Orlando not only swept the Hawks, four games to none, by an average of 25 points, the Magic made a statement that they are unquestionably one of the best teams in the NBA, and a team that better be taken seriously by the rest of the NBA. Throughout the second round of the Playoffs, Orlando played flawless team basketball, finding open shooters, rotating defensively and generally just making the Hawks look like a much worse team than they actually are.

I fell like that's worth stressing: These Hawks were a better team this season than they showed in this series. It's easy to forget, with a series loss like this ringing in our ears, but the Hawks won 53 games and were the third-best team in the Eastern Conference. It's disappointing for the Hawks season to end the way it did, but it doesn't change the fact that a lot of good things happened this season. It was only six years ago that the Hawks were a 13 win team. We've come a long way since then.

If nothing else, this series taught us we still have a long way to go.

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