HAWKS FEND OFF MAGIC RALLY
The Hawks never trailed in the second half of their 83-78 win over the Magic Thursday night at the Highlight Factory, but don't let that fool you into thinking that there was no drama or suspense down the stretch.

Atlanta had squandered a 17-point halftime lead, letting the Magic tie the score in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Willie Green came through with a big 3-pointer and Ivan Johnson followed with a monster slam to push the Hawks back in front. Orlando would not go down without a fight, battling back within one point with just over three minutes remaining. It was Green again who stepped up with a huge shot from the corner and a floater in transition. >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE BLOG

GAME NOTES
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- The Hawks jumped out big early and never trailed in the second half en route to an 83-78 win over Orlando at Philips Arena on Thursday ... It was Atlanta's fifth straight regular season win over the Magic.

-- Josh Smith led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds ... Jannero Pargo put in 15 points, Willie Green 14 and Jeff Teague had 13, while Zaza Pachulia grabbed 13 boards.

-- The Magic scored the first four points of the game, but the Hawks took control, reeling off nine straight on their way to a 29-20 advantage after one quarter.

-- Atlanta locked up defensively in the second, holding Orlando to 10 points (an opponent low for any quarter this year) and taking a 47-30 lead to intermission.

-- Pargo scored 15 points in the half (12 in the second quarter) and Smith had 14 (all in the first).

-- Atlanta went cold in the third and Orlando cut it to 58-55 heading to the final frame ... The Magic got it down to 69-68 with under five minutes to play, but Atlanta responded with five straight points and made the plays down the stretch to secure the win.

-- J.J. Redick paced the Magic with 13 points and Dwight Howard added 12 points and 12 boards.

-- Atlanta had advantages of 25-14 in fast break points and 18-9 in second chance points.

-- The Hawks are off this weekend for the All-Star break and will return to action on February 29 vs. Golden State at Philips Arena (7:30pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).