Magic vs. Hawks: Orlando aims to build on successful roadtrip

Joel Anthony, Zaza Pachulia, and Shane Battier - Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

After winning thrice in five tries on a Western roadtrip, the Magic return home to host a tough Hawks team.

After a nine-day roadtrip, the Orlando Magic return to Amway Center on Wednesday night to take on the Atlanta Hawks in a showdown of Southeastern rivals. Tipoff is set for 7 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando went 3-2 on its roadtrip, which performance opened some eyes around the league and helped the team grow. "I think we made a little bit of a switch in that Utah game (on Wednesday)," Magic guard J.J. Redick said, according to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. Orlando battled back from a 13-point deficit in that game, only to lose, but Redick points toward that game as an example of the Magic not folding under pressure.

The Hawks have won nine of their last 11 games, but lost in their most recent outing, a 101-92 decision against the Southeast-leading Miami Heat. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 53 points on 29 shot attempts, offsetting Al Horford's 20-point, 11-rebound effort.

Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, who began his career as a member of the Magic, recently earned a warning from the NBA for flopping in a game against the Washington Wizards.

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