Less than 24 hours after the victory in Miami, the Atlanta Hawks opened court against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Wednesday. This matchup was the first confrontation between enemies in the Southeast Division this season. In addition, it was the last game of the first half of the Eagles. Atlanta trailed by 19 points in the second half, but after a fierce comeback, the Eagles entered the All-Star Game with a 113-112 victory.
Atlanta walked out of the gate in a downturn, trying to protect the rim without Clint Capela. Capela missed the game due to a sore right foot, and when the unstable resistance and difficult shooting started, the Eagles trailed 1
After the timeout, the Eagles did get five quick points from Trae Young, including a gift from Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams.
In the Hawks’ first 20 points, Yang scored 10 points and started the warm-up game as a scorer.
However, apart from Young’s offense, there was nothing left to say from the first half.
Orlando took a 27-14 lead with a score of 10-2, while Atlanta did score the next 9 points, and the Magic returned to serve with a score of 7-0. After 12 minutes, the Magic scored 39 points, close to half 10% of the total points scored by the Hawks in the entire game in Miami on Tuesday belonged to the team.
Atlanta’s defense did strengthen in the second quarter. The Magic shot only 40% from the field and only 22 points, but the deficit is still increasing. The Hawks performed poorly on offense, especially early in the second quarter when the second team fell on the floor, and the visiting team fell behind by 19 at halftime. Atlanta shot only 21 and scored 7 goals in the second quarter, while shooting only 9 and 1 goals, scored 17 points, and got the huge deficit they have accumulated.
After a tragic first half, the Eagles did show life at the beginning of the third quarter. Atlanta placed a high 11-3 post after three three-pointers and two free throws, reducing the score to 64-53.
They didn’t finish the game there, and soon scored 8 consecutive points and expanded the total score to 19-5.
That push allowed the Eagles to rise by 5 points 66-61, but the Magic were able to regain control. The Orlando team expanded to 16 points with a 11-2 score, and the home team scored 18 points at the end of the third quarter. However, after Danilo Gallinari’s three-pointer hit, the Hawks had less than 12 points in the last three-quarters of the quarter.
Then, the second group pushed Atlanta vigorously, leaping 10-4 from the fourth quarter.
After the initial run, the Eagles returned the Magic to Orlando’s 16-point lead, with 6 minutes away from the game.Since then, Atlanta hot It’s very hot. Seven (!!!) three-pointers in the past six minutes kicked off the comeback.
The first four three-pointers came from Collins, Gallinari, Snell and Hutt, reducing the deficit to 106-102.
Orlando didn’t completely fade away. He won a challenge in the 3:28 mark, a free throw succeeded, and the Magic once again gained a 6-point lead. John Collins then missed a three-pointer, but after Kevin Huerter’s strong offensive rebound, Young hit another three-pointer to make the Hawks within three.
The Magic once again led by 5 points in the final two minutes, but Young (after Orlando’s defense inexplicably knocked it down) knocked down the sixth three-pointer and Snell led the seventh with 111-110. Orlando did score and regained the lead, but when Younger had eight seconds left on the free throw, Atlanta led by 113-112, and the Eagles kept the stop they needed to maintain the victory.
In the end, Atlanta’s three-pointer went from 90 to 111 points, and in the fourth quarter, the Hawks made 9 of 13 long-range field goals. In the game, the visitor created 21 three-pointers, which is the final difference.
Young personally led the way with 32 points and 8 assists, including key moments. Gallinari also played a high level, scoring 23 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and providing 6 assists. Collins added 15 points and 9 rebounds, Snell and Huerter each had three-pointers.
After Wednesday’s tilt, the Eagles will have a few days off to participate in the All-Star Game. Atlanta’s next regular season game is scheduled for March 11 (Thursday) against the Toronto Raptors in Tampa.