How the Magic overcame the Hawks at home with Markelle Fultz back

ORLANDO, Fla. — After missing 27 games in a row, Magic point guard Markelle Fultz made his return to the court inside Kia Center for Orlando on Sunday night against the Hawks.

With Fultz back in the fold, even in a limited manner, the Magic shot 41.5% from 3-point range to power their 117-110 overtime victory over Atlanta.

Paolo Banchero (35 points) and Caleb Houstan (25) combined for 11 of the team’s 17 makes from beyond the arc.

The Magic remain at home for a meeting with the Timberwolves on Tuesday night (Bally Sports Florida, 7) before starting a four-game road trip.

Starting 5

Although Fultz was active for the first time since Nov. 9, he did not start for the Magic.

Instead, Jalen Suggs, Chuma Okeke, Houstan, Banchero and Goga Bitadze were the first group on the floor against Atlanta.

Banchero scored on all three levels but often attacked the paint for 15 points in the first half. He added 10 rebounds.

Tasked with defending Atlanta’s Trae Young at times, Suggs had success shooting from beyond the arc on the other end. He shot 4 of 7 from 3-point range to total 16 points.

Houstan attempted seven 3-pointers before the break and made 3 of them. In the second half, the shooting continued when he opened the third with 8 straights points, including a pair of triples.

The second-year forward recorded a career-high 25 points on 7 of 14 attempts from beyond the arc.

Bitadze returned to the court after missing one game due to an illness. He had success in the paint where the majority of his 11 points came from.

Okeke sunk his first 3-point try from the left corner but did not make another try finishing 1 of 5 from distance.

Fultz’ Return

Mosley said before the game that Fultz would be on a minutes restricion and only play between 12 and 16 minutes against the Hawks.

Fultz ended up playing 15 total between the first, second and third quarters.

He entered the game at the 5:22 mark of the first quarter and started the second until going to the bench at the 8:29 mark to see 9 minutes in the first half. Fultz returned with 5:58 left in the third quarter and did not play in the fourth.

When he was on the court, Fultz initiated the offense at times and. He drove into the paint and kicked it out often for 4 assists. He added 2 rebounds and a steal while missing 4 free throws.

Second Unit

Fultz came off the bench alongside rookie Anthony Black, Moe Wagner, Cole Anthony and Trevelin Queen as Mosley relied on a 10-man rotation.

Moe Wagner took advantage of the attention Atlanta gave Banchero when the two were on the court together and finished near the rim with ease. He added 7 rebounds.

Queen started the fourth quarter and tipped in an offensive rebound for an easy layup. Those were his lone points, however, as he picked up two quick fouls in 6 minutes of action.

Rookie Watch

Black returned after only playing 5 minutes at Denver while dealing with an illness.

The 6-7 guard only saw 12 minutes on the court and did not scoring, missing two attempts.

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