One night after a loss in Atlanta, the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks met up in Orlando for the back end of a home-and-home. The Magic avenged their loss on Friday with some buzzer beating heroics from Tobias Harris, as they took home a 100-99 victory.
Unlike Friday night, the two sides didn't get off to white hot starts on the offensive end. Orlando struggled to find much of a rhythm thanks to the Hawks smothering defense, which forced 10 Magic turnovers. The Hawks strong play on the defensive end helped spark some better shooting, as they made three three-pointers in the quarter, which was two more than they had in the entire first half on Friday. Jeff Teague, who struggled for much of the game Friday, got the Hawks going early, scoring nine first quarter points. Tobias Harris was the driving force for the Magic, scoring six points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists.
After a sloppy first quarter, the Magic took much better care of the ball, turning it over just three times, leading to four Hawks points in the quarter. Orlando's offense also continued to run smoothly, with the ball moving at an extremely high rate. The Magic shot 55.3 percent from the field in the half, and notched assists on 17 of their 21 field goals. Atlanta continued to shoot the ball better from deep, making three more in the quarter, for six total in the first half. Teague's strong play continued, as he led the Hawks with 11 at the half. Playing in his first game back from a back injury, Nikola Vucevic notched 12 first half points, while adding six rebounds.
Out of halftime, the Hawks pushed the lead up to five very quickly. However, Orlando answered going on an 11-1 run to grab a 58-53 lead, their largest of the game up to that point. After the two sides combined for six first half free throw attempts -- all by the Hawks -- they paraded to the line 22 times combined, making 17 of them. Orlando continued to take better care of the ball as well, turning it over just twice in the quarter. Teague continued to give the Magic fits, getting up to a game high 20 after three, Evan Fournier scored seven in the quarter to jump up to the lead for the Magic, with 15 through 36 minutes.
Going into the final quarter, the division rivals found themselves in another tight one. Atlanta came out and looked poised to take the win for the second night in a row, thanks to some solid offense and some not-so-solid offense by the Magic. Orlando's offense became stagnant, with the ball not moving as well as it did in the first half when they had much success. To their credit, the Magic made adjustments and were able to continue to counter the Hawks after everything they did.
The two sides went back and forth over the final few minutes, trading made buckets, and misses almost every possession. Victor Oladipo, who struggled with turnovers for much of the game, didn't let that get him down, attacking and making big plays to give the Magic a chance to win. Out of a timeout with just over a minute remaining, Oladipo found a hard cutting Fournier for a basket to put the Magic up one. After a stop, Oladipo was fouled on a drive. He made both free throws, to give the Magic a three point lead with just 24 seconds to play. After a bucket and a split pair of free throws by Tobias Harris, Kyle Korver hit a deep three to give the Hawks a one point lead with 3.4 seconds left. Harris redeemed himself and hit the shot at the buzzer to give the Magic the win.
Harris 20 points led the Magic on the night. He was followed closely by Fournier, who finished with 19. In his return, Vucevic notched a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double. Oladipo overcame six turnovers to finish with 15 points and seven assists, while Ben Gordon finished with 12 off the bench,
The Hawks were led by Teague, who finished with a game high 24. Al Horford had another solid night, finishing with 18, while Korver finished with 11. Three bench members -- Mike Scott, Dennis Schroder and Ken Bazemore -- finished in double figures, each scoring 10 on the night.