Orlando went 10-31 on the road in 2003-04 and is 2-3 this season, but can win consecutive road contests for the first time in 2004-05 after beating undermanned Indiana 86-83 on Saturday.
The Magic were 21-61 overall last season but picked up three victories over the Hawks, one of just two season-series victories for the team in 2003-04. Orlando was 4-0 against Washington.
Orlando won its first four home games, including victories over Dallas and Utah, before suffering an 89-83 loss to Portland on Wednesday night.
Grant Hill and Steve Francis had their poorest outings of the season for the Magic, combining to shoot 10-for-31 from the field. Francis, bothered by the flu, and Hill, the Eastern Conference player of the week, had 11 points apiece.
Hedo Turkoglu picked up the slack with a season-high 27 points, but with Francis and Hill ineffective down the stretch, Orlando couldn’t hang onto a four-point lead with six minutes remaining.
The Magic committed 16 of their 19 turnovers in the first half and shot just over 41 percent from the field (35-for-85).
“I really feel that we let this one slip away,” Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. “It was just one of those nights where we weren’t making shots and weren’t making good decisions on the break, and those came back to haunt us.”
Dwight Howard also had 11 points but pulled down only six rebounds to snap his streak of consecutive games with double-digit boards at nine. The last rookie to open his career with such a streak was Shaquille O’Neal in 1992-93.
Cuttino Mobley sat out his sixth consecutive game with a strained groin as Orlando missed out on its first 7-3 start in a full season since 1996-97.
The Magic return home Saturday to begin a three-game homestand against Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto.
The Hawks bring a four-game losing streak into Friday’s contest after falling 99-93 to Miami on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to put it together for 48 minutes,” Walker said. “We’ve got a good basketball team. For some reason, it’s just not there yet.”
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