The victory not only allowed Orlando (5-9) to break a four-game losing streak and win for the first time this season on the road, but it brought an end to an 11-game skid against the Hawks (8-7). The victory also came four years to the date of the Magic’s last win in Atlanta’s Philips Arena, an unsightly skid that had reached seven games.

``It’s definitely good for us to get some road kill,’’ joked Moore, who kicked off Orlando’s third quarter surge with his three hustle plays. ``Hopefully we can get plenty more and we can do that if we play defense and get stops.’’

Nelson, only the second player in Magic history to spend 10 years with the franchise, said he was unaware of the lengthy losing streak to the Hawks. As happy as he was that Orlando ended its skid against the Hawks, Nelson was more delighted that the Magic pulled off one of their best team victories of the season.

``They had beaten us 11 straight times?’’ Nelson asked incredulously. ``Any time you have a streak going against you like that you definitely want to break it. … Our defense generated energy for us and we were able to impose our will on them. We took them out of sets they wanted to run. We always talk about playing hard and tonight we did that and we played smart, too.’’



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