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Magic at Hawks: Long roadtrip begins in Atlanta

On the second night of a back-to-back, Orlando embarks on a five-game roadtrip.

Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague
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The Orlando Magic's schedule gets no easier, even late in the season, as the kick off a five-game roadtrip on Saturday with a visit to the Atlanta Hawks. 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's last time out: The Magic upset a Washington Wizards team which had been playing well, 97-92, behind 30 points from Tobias Harris and a surprisingly strong performance their reserves. Orlando limited the Wizards to 37 percent shooting, and John Wall and Martell Webster were the only Washington players to eclipse 10 points.

Atlanta's last time out: The Hawks fell to the Boston Celtics, 118-107, as Celtics forward Paul Pierce recorded a triple-double and Boston sank 11 three-pointers. The Celtics shot 54.2 percent from the field in torching Atlanta's defense. The Hawks got 18 points from Josh Smith, but the veteran gadget forward missed 16 of the 23 shots he attempted.

The last meeting: Atlanta bullied the Magic, 108-76, in both teams' last game before the All-Star Break, and it's possible that Orlando simply checked out. Smith and Al Horford combined for 56 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocked shots, and just one turnover as the Magic's frontline struggled to take anything away from them. Andrew Nicholson and Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 10 points apiece.

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