Hawks 97, Magic 88

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks had their hands full with the Orlando Magic Saturday night at Philips Arena, before remembering that they're the ones going to the playoffs and digging in for a 97-88 win.
Josh Smith had 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Hawks (41-33), who were without Al Horford (stomach illness) for the second straight game.
Coming off the bench, Ivan Johnson kept the Hawks in the game in the first half, scoring 10 of his season-high 21 points and diving on the floor for loose balls. On the attack all night, he pulled down 10 rebounds as well.
Devin Harris managed only one point in the first half, and only four points through three quarters, but scored 8 straight points early in the fourth quarter and finished with 17.
Jeff Teague added 7 points and Kyle Korver kept alive his streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-point shot made - it's up to 67 now - and finished with 8 points.
The Magic (19-55) scored the first two points of the game, fell quickly behind, then sprinted on a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter. Up 27-23 after the quarter, they just missed having a halftime lead when Smith grabbed a rebound and stuffed the ball in the basket at the buzzer to give the Hawks a one-point edge, 45-44.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Beno Udrih scored 20 points to go with 7 rebounds. Maurice Harkless had 17 points and Tobias Harris chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.
DeQuan Jones scored 8 points in the first 10 minutes of the game but he was tagged for two personal fouls, too, and didn't play the rest of the half. He added three more points in the last minute of the game for 11.
The Hawks gave themselves some breathing room in the third quarter, up 67-60 as they faced the final quarter. That's when Devin Harris took over.
NOTES: The Hawks' Horford (stomach illness) and John Jenkins (mild concussion) were sent home before the game. They were the lucky ones. Zaza Pachulia will have surgery on his sore right Achilles on Wednesday. The procedure will be performed in Charlotte, N.C. Expected recovery time is approximately six months. Had he continued to play, and had the Achilles ruptured, Pachulia likely would have missed a full year. He tried treatment and rest for three weeks, hoping to be able to be back for the playoffs, but it wasn't possible after MRIs revealed a partial tear. "I learned so many details," Pachulia said of his many doctor visits, "I could be a doctor after my career!" Hawks coach Larry Drew assessed the impact of Pachulia's absence as the playoffs approach: "He plays a playoff style, the way he throws his body around. You can see how his style, it just fits playoff basketball." ... Harris, who had missed the last three games with a sore left foot, was back in the starting lineup. ... The Magic were without Jameer Nelson, who sustained a right ankle sprain in Friday's 97-92 home win over the Washington Wizards. ... Nikola Vucevic was back in the starting lineup after missing the last five games with illness and a mild concussion.

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