NBA Game Recap - Atlanta at Orlando
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:00 PM EST

MIA
105
WAS
123
F
ATL
101
ORL
93
F
BKN
115
MIN
122
F(OT)
MIL
123
CHI
102
F
DET
81
UTA
104
F
PHO
122
POR
116
F

Atlanta 101, Orlando 93

Dec 30, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Atlanta (7-27)

25

22

27

27

101

Orlando (14-19)

21

36

15

21

93

Hawks beat Magic to end 10-game skid with Young still out
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have been the worst team in the NBA this season - except against the Orlando Magic.

Brandon Goodwin scored 21 points, Kevin Huerter added 19, and the Hawks beat the Magic 101-93 Monday night to end a 10-game skid.

Playing without injured guard Trae Young for the second straight game, the Hawks trailed by 18 during the first half but rallied back in the third quarter. Alex Len scored eight of his 18 points to fuel a 15-4 run, while Atlanta's defense only yielded six field goals in the quarter.

Len's drive and dunk just before the horn gave the visitors a 74-72 lead.

"It felt like I was getting fouled on every play and got no calls, but that's the way it goes in this league," Len said. "Maybe I earned some (respect) by playing more aggressively. We don't get respect, but you've got to earn it, and a couple of wins like this will do that."

Atlanta improved to 7-27 by snapping its second 10-game losing streak of the season. This one ended with the Hawks' second win in two tries against Orlando.

Young twisted his ankle in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday. He scored 39 points in a 103-99 win over Orlando in the first meeting between the teams Oct. 26.

Atlanta pulled away Monday near the midpoint of the fourth quarter when Huerter scored nine points during an 11-0 run. The Magic trailed 90-78 but trimmed the deficit to five in the final minutes before John Collins' emphatic transition dunk all but ended the comeback bid.

"I thought the guys were spirited tonight," Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "They executed, and the execution came from communication with each other."

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 27 points. Evan Fournier added 22 points, and D.J. Augustin finished with 17 and six assists. Orlando struggled to find any offense down the stretch, scoring only 36 second-half points after scoring 36 in the second quarter alone.

"We scored at times, but I feel like maybe for the first time this year, we didn't play ball as a team offensively from the get-go, and it just caught up to us," Fournier said.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Wins have been scarce for Atlanta, but the road has been somewhat more favorable. Three of the Hawks' last four wins have come away from home. They have won only one home game since beating San Antonio on Nov. 5.

Magic: Orlando held an 11-3 record against sub-.500 teams before the loss. ... C Mo Bamba returned after missing the prior two games due to soreness in his right foot. Bamba finished with three points and three rebounds. ... F Wes Iwundu started in place of the injured Aaron Gordon, who was out due to soreness in his left Achilles' tendon. Iwundu had four points and two rebounds in 25 minutes.

CARTER HONORED

The Magic gave 42-year-old Vince Carter a video tribute during the first quarter. Carter, who grew up in nearby Daytona Beach, stepped out of a team huddle to acknowledge an ovation after the video.

Carter played 97 games for the Magic in 2009-10, averaging 16.3 points. He had four points in 21 minutes Monday.

"I still live here, and people in the community still come up and say, `Hey, we miss you here,"' Carter said. "We had a good time here."

UP NEXT

Hawks: At Boston on Friday night.

Magic: At Washington on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Atlanta PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Goodwin 21 22 6 3 2 1
K. Huerter 19 -7 4 6 2 2
Orlando PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Frazier Jr. 0 -4 0 1 0 0
A. Jefferson 0 5 0 0 0 1

Team Comparison

ATL ORL
Points For 101 93
Field Goals 39/81-48% 37/89-42%
Three Pointers 9/29-31% 5/25-20%
Free Throws 14/17-82% 14/24-58%
Offensive Rebounds 11 11
Defensive Rebounds 41 29
Rebounds 57 50
Blocks 4 6
Steals 8 9
Turnovers 20 9
Points Scored Off Turnovers 17 21
Points in the Paint 50 50
Fast Break Points 8 9
Personal Fouls 20 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - ATL Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Oct 26 ORL 99 @ ATL 103 A. Aminu 1 E. Turner 1
Mon Dec 30 ATL 101 @ ORL 93 C. Reddish 2 M. Fultz 3

Game Information

Stadium: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,784
Game Time: 2:15