Denton: Magic vs. Hawks Analysis (1/22/14)

   

Lamb, who hadn’t scored more than eight points in a game all season, made five of six shots and three of four 3-pointers for a season-best 13 points that ignited Orlando. However, Lamb fouled out with 5:34 to play by picking up his final three fouls within nine seconds of one another. Orlando was leading 98-95 when he fouled out after playing just 19 minutes.

``It killed me,’’ Lamb said of not being on the floor at the end. ``I didn’t even know I had that many fouls until they said I had five fouls. I’ve just got to keep playing without fouling and keep learning from that.’’

Orlando was trying to beat the Hawks for a third straight time after ending an 11-game skid to the Hawks earlier in the season. Instead, the two Southeast Division teams split the season series at 2-all.

Orlando’s Tobias Harris played extremely well with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Orlando was outrebounded 42-33 by the Hawks (22-19). Paul Millsap scored 24 points, while Pero Antic – the fill-in for the injured Al Horford – had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five clutch free throws down the stretch. The Magic were playing on the second night of a back-to-back set of games, and weather factored into their travels late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. Orlando’s charter flight was one of the few planes to fly out of New York after the area was hit with approximately 16 inches of snow. The Magic didn’t get back into Orlando until 3:15 a.m., and many of the players didn’t get to their homes until after 4 a.m.

The Magic will be off on Thursday before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. L.A. will be without superstar guard Kobe Bryant, who is still rehabilitating following an injury to his kneecap. After that, the Magic will hit the road for a week to play in New Orleans (Sunday), Detroit (Tuesday) and Toronto (Wednesday).

Down just four points at the half, Orlando fell apart in the early stages of the second half for a second straight night. The Magic allowed Atlanta to make nine of its first 16 shots, including five 3-pointers. And by the time that the Hawks were finished with a 22-4 run, they had a commanding 82-63 lead.

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