Atlanta Hawks survive vs. Orlando Magic, 103-100


The Atlanta Hawks have now won three games in a row, after defeating a Southeast Division rival in the Orlando Magic Sunday evening, 103-100.

The Atlanta Hawks push their winning streak to three games after beating the Orlando Magic on their final possession, 103-100 Sunday evening at the Amway Center. Atlanta didn’t exactly play with the poise they demonstrated on Friday night in Boston when they defeated the Celtics, but were able to survive on the road against a better Magic team due to strong team shooting.

Atlanta shot 50.0% from the floor, 50% from three, and 70% from the free throw line Sunday evening. That was enough to counterbalance an uncharacteristic 20 team turnovers. Though the Atlanta Hawks had six players in double-digit scoring, when they needed a big bucket, they leaned on sharpshooting shooting guard Kyle Korver.

Korver had a team-high 19 points, most of which coming on 6-8 shooting from three-point land. This was the most three-point field goals Kyle Korver had since March of last season. He also had five assists in his strong offensive performance.

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Paul Millsap had another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday night’s contest. While he struggled from the field (5-16 shooting), Millsap continues to prove that he is the team’s most consistent and most valuable player through the Atlanta Hawks’ first 29 games. Not only is he playing at an All-Star level, he’s seriously in the mix for an All-Pro team should he continue to have his best season as a professional.

Kent Bazemore, Al Horford, and Jeff Teague all had at least 13 points tonight, but where Atlanta got its other big pick-me-up was from forward Mike Scott off the bench. Scott had 15 points on 6-10 shooting, including 3-5 from three to his team-best plus/minus of +15.

After an offseason featuring an embarrassing arrest, Mike Scott has rebounded to play consistently strong basketball for the Atlanta Hawks coming off the bench. I cannot recall him ever playing this efficiently in his professional career while in Atlanta.

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Atlanta will host the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow at Philips Arena. Tipoff for the back-to-back is at 8:00 PM ET and the game will air on Fox Sports Southeast. At 17-12, the Atlanta Hawks creep closer to the top of the Eastern Conference. They will look to extend their current winning streak to four games when the Blazers fly up from Miami after their loss to the Heat this afternoon, 116-109. Here’s to keeping the streak alive. Let’s Go Hawks!