Atlanta won for the fifth time in six games to move a step closer to locking up its first postseason berth since 2017. The Hawks took command in the second quarter, outscoring the Magic 28-13 over the final 7 minutes to build a 65-48 lead at halftime. Clint Capela scored 12 of his 14 points during the run, Young added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
With James Ennis out for the second consecutive game with a sore calf, Dwayne Bacon moved into the starting rotation for Tuesday’s game against the Hawks at State Farm Arena. Bacon, who was making his 38th start of the season, joined Chuma Okeke, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Harris and Cole Anthony in the first five. That combination also started Sunday against the Rockets.
The Hawks defeated the Magic, 112-96. Trae Young led all scorers with 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks, while Clint Capela added 14 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. Cole Anthony tallied 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists for the Magic in the losing effort. The Hawks improve to 32-26 on the season, while the Magic fall to 18-40.