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Magic vs. Hawks four-factors analysis

Atlanta owned the interior in its 86-80 victory on Wednesday.

Glen Davis and Zaza Pachulia
Glen Davis and Zaza Pachulia

The Atlanta Hawks topped the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, 86-80, in a defensive battle. Indeed, no team exceeded its season average in any of the four factors, as demonstrated in the table below:

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Magic 89.8 89.1 42.6% 13.6 22.2 17.8
Hawks 89.8 95.8 47.5% 12.5 21.6 15.6
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

The loss was Orlando's third in four games despite the fact that it's held its opponents to less than one point per possession in each contest, which fact underscores the Magic's lack of offensive firepower. Atlanta opened the game with a 16-2 lead and never looked back, though Orlando had several chances late in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to six points or fewer.

One reason for Atlanta's dominance was its ownership of the painted area. Orlando shot just 39 percent in the paint for 32 points. Hawks forward Josh Smith blocked five shots in the win, helping his team take command inside.

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