The Atlanta Hawks let a 20-point lead get away from them, ultimately falling to the Orlando Magic for the second straight day, 117-110 in overtime.
The Atlanta Hawks split their season series at two games apiece with Southeast Division rival in the Orlando Magic, as the Hawks fell to the Magic in overtime Monday night, 117-110 at Philips Arena.
Atlanta came out hot and led the Magic by as many as 20 points in their second game of a back-to-back with Orlando. The Hawks carried a 54-41 lead into halftime, but seemed to lose a bit of their fire power in the second half.
Orlando outscored Atlanta 60-47 to force an overtime period, as the game needed five more minutes to resolve a 101-101 tie. Atlanta would again come up short in the overtime period, 16-9, to lose by seven points.
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Like Sunday afternoon’s loss to the same Orlando Magic, this loss stings for the Atlanta Hawks. Blowing a 20-point lead and falling in overtime at home to a division rival for the second time on a back-to-back shouldn’t sit well with the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. Half of Orlando’s four wins in 2016 have come against the Atlanta Hawks in the last two days. How did the Hawks blow this one, honestly?
Again, it was underwhelming play from the Atlanta Hawks bench, totaling only 19 of the team’s 110 points against the Magic. That meant that the starting five had to do the heavy lifting, scoring 91 of the club’s points.
Four of the five starters for the Atlanta Hawks were in double figures scoring. Al Horford had 27 points on 12-18 shooting. He finished with six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Paul Millsap had 22 points on 8-18 shooting, but 3-5 from three. His missed free throw in the final seconds that would have sealed the game for the Hawks stings, but he played well regardless. Millsap had 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block in his double-double for Atlanta.
Jeff Teague had 21 points on 7-18 shooting, but 3-5 from three. Teague also had five assists, three rebounds, and a steal. Kyle Korver had 16 points on 6-8 shooting, including 4-6 from three. Korver had four assists, three rebounds, and two steals. Though Kent Bazemore only had five points, he gathered 13 rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
Overall, this loss combined with Sunday afternoon’s loss brings to light the Hawks inability to close late in games. Poor offensive execution in what should stand as a the final possession in fourth quarter proved costly in losing to an inferior Orlando Magic team twice.
Atlanta will play its last game before the All-Star Break Wednesday night when the Hawks travel to the United Center to take on a Chicago Bulls team that has not played well since the calendar flipped to 2016. Maybe a day off will do wonders for the Atlanta Hawks’ morale after two brutal losses to a division rival the last two days.