Denton: Magic vs. Hawks Analysis (11/26/13)


By John Denton
Nov. 26, 2013

ATLANTA -- The night began with a frustrating false start for the Orlando Magic, and for most of the game it looked like they were in for much more misery in Atlanta.

But when the Magic finally snapped out of a funk and delivered a third-quarter performance that was equal parts breathtaking and jaw-dropping, it allowed them to snap a confounding losing streak to the Hawks that dated back to 2009.

Orlando scored an impressive 36 points in a game-turning third quarter and rode stellar performances from Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, E’Twaun Moore and Andrew Nicholson in a stellar 109-92 whipping of the rival Hawks.

``It was those guys deciding that they were going to buckle down and get stops and that’s what we did,’’ said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn, whose team held Atlanta to 32.4 percent shooting after halftime while shooting 58.1 percent itself. ``It was fun to be a part of.’’



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