Orlando took its first lead since late of the second half when Arron Afflalo buried a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:51 to play. But as it turns out, the Magic held that lead just 15 seconds as Al Horford (15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) helped to put Atlanta back ahead. After Orlando went into the lead, the Hawks scored 10 straight points to seal another defeat of the Magic.
``That unit that was in there did a great job getting us back into the game,’’ Afflalo said. ``But when you work that hard to get back there’s just no room for error at that point. We just couldn’t close the game out tonight.’’
The Magic also was hit with a bit of bad luck late in the third quarter when rookie Victor Oladipo’s 3-pointer was wiped out by a replay review. That negated an Orlando opportunity to take the lead into the fourth period.
Orlando once dominated the Hawks, but it hasn’t beaten the Hawks since Nov. 8, 2010. And the Magic haven’t won in Atlanta since a Thanksgiving Night rout in 2009.
``The games are just kind of more physical with them,’’ Afflalo said. ``I’m not totally sure about the history with them, but we’ll be looking forward to competing with them the next game.’’
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