RECAP: Magic 109, Hawks 102

Bo Churney —  December 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

FINAL

ORL(10-20) 109 – 102 (17-14) ATL

Key Performers:
N. Vucevic (ORL): 16 pts, 14 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl
J. Teague (ATL): 22 pts, 3 reb, 8 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After playing three straight overtime games and being on the second night of a back-to-back, the Hawks’ legs finally gave out a bit. They were a bit slower and Orlando was able to take advantage with their young core of Afflalo, Vucevic, and Oladipo. The Magic outscored the Hawks 46-26 in the paint and out-assisted the Hawks 30-20, which is one of the few times the Hawks have been beat in that department this season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Another great night from the line by Millsap (8-for-10), but he wasn’t that good from the field (4-for-14) or from behind the arc (1-for-6). He also had four turnovers. This might be a common theme throughout the recap, but Paul simply looked a bit tired, which after the what’s been thrown at the Hawks this week, that’s not too surprising. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague probably had the most consistent night of all the Hawks, posting the solid 22 and 8 line that you see above. His jumper is finally regaining its form and he had some very nice takes to the basket. The only thing that was wrong with Jeff is that he was running pick-and-rolls with Elton Brand and Pero Antic instead of Al Horford. 9/10

Elton Brand: Not much from Elton tonight. He did have seven points on four shots, but he did not protect the rim as well as the Hawks probably needed him to. He played 19 minutes last night and 14 tonight, so tired legs should not have been a huge problem, but they looked a bit like it for the 34 year old. 4/10

Lou Williams: He got the start because of DeMarre Carroll’s injury and Lou had no issue with putting the rock up. 18 points on 16 shots is not the best, and I’m not sure how I feel about Lou taking 11 3-pointers. Sure, he made four, which would be a league-average percentage, but Lou is better when he is attacking and getting to the free-throw line. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Like Tolliver last night, Arron Afflalo did a good job at staying close to Korver wherever he went. Kyle did extend his 3-point streak to 100 games in the second quarter, but he only took five total shots in the game, which is a huge credit to how Orlando was able to play him. 6/10

Shelvin Mack: Sort of an unusual night for Shelvin. He committed three turnovers and only had three assists, but he was an efficient scorer with 14 points. I usually prefer him to be a facilitator, but with Horford’s injury, the Hawks are going to need extra scorers and Shelvin is capable of being that sometimes. 7/10

Pero Antic: Pero was one of two players (the other being Shelvin) to have a positive plus-minus on the night. Pero played better defense than Elton was playing and after his crazy shot last night, I think Orlando was giving his shooting abilities slightly more attention than they probably need. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: A Schröder sighting? Yes, a Schröder sighting! Dennis got 13 minutes of action and was a bit of a spark plus with his fresh legs. He had a couple of nice takes to the rim and no turnovers. His only blemishes were his three fouls and an ugly looking 3-pointer. 7/10

Mike Scott: After last night’s game, Mike said he had never taken seven 3-pointers in a game in his life. Well, he took only four tonight and wasn’t nearly as successful as he was last night. Still a decent five points and four boards off the bench in 18 minutes. 6.5/10

Gustavo Ayon: I want to like Gustavo. I really do. But the Hawks’ offense just looked awful when he was in for his six minutes of run. I’m actually not sure how much value he has with Horford being out for the season. INC/10

Coach Budenholzer: The Hawks played well and were competitive in a game that they were probably going to lose. Not because Orlando is good, but because of the pure strain put on this team in the last week. 8/10

The opposition: The Magic really played a solid all-around game. They shot 8-for-21 (38.1%) on threes, 19-for-24 (79.2%) from the line, and did a ton of their damage in the paint by scoring the aforementioned 46 points in that area. Even with what the Hawks were dealing with, this is a solid win for the Magic to hang their hats on. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Boston, Tuesday, December 31st (1:00PM start)

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One response to RECAP: Magic 109, Hawks 102

  1. It’s too bad Schroeder’s game is going to take some more TLC than everyone thought, but I’m confident he’ll get there with Bud.

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