By John Denton
ATLANTA -- Over the past two years, the Orlando Magic have made several changes to their management, their coaching staff and their roster. But for whatever reason one thing that the Magic can’t seem to change is their struggles against the Atlanta Hawks.
A mostly nondescript Hawks roster once again gave the Magic fits on Saturday night at Philips Arena, limiting Orlando’s effectiveness on offense and riddling its defense with mid-range jump shots. The frustrating result was a 104-94 Hawks win – their 11th straight defeat of the Magic and their seventh consecutive victory in Atlanta.
``When things are rolling for those guys, they have the ability to play inside-out,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``(Kyle) Korver makes shots and he’s been here through that (Atlanta) stretch and their pick-and-roll play is good. Those things have stayed pretty consistent. … That’s what’s caused the problems (against the Hawks).’’
Orlando (3-4) had a dreadful start of the season half, allowing Atlanta (3-3) to rip off an 18-2 run to start the third quarter that put it up by 17 points. But the Magic gamely scratched and clawed their way back into the game, getting to within one point of the lead several times throughout the second half.
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