The Atlanta Hawks appear to be in a prime position to enter the All-Star break with momentum on their side. The Hawks close out play before the All-Star break on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, whom they have beaten in six straight meetings. The Hawks picked up a rare road victory in their last game, a 105-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday that helped break a 1-8 funk away from home.
Atlanta At Orlando
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Atlanta), Fox Sports Florida (Orlando)
Orlando was having a rough couple of weeks until Sunday’s 110-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a 12-game losing skid, the franchise’s longest in nine seasons. The rebuilding Magic will be in search of consecutive wins for the first time since rattling off a season-high four in a row from Dec. 14-19. Orlando, which has dealt with injuries to key cogs Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick, has won just three games since that streak.
The Hawks had dropped four of six games before beating the Mavericks behind a big night from leading-scorer Josh Smith, who recorded 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. “Any time you go on the road and get a win, it’s always big,” coach Larry Drew said. “We’ve had our ups and downs, as most teams do. But we have not fragmented when that has happened.” Devin Harris scored 15 points in the triumph after missing four of the past 10 games because of injury.
Orlando nearly spoiled a 13-point third-quarter lead before holding on against Portland behind Jameer Nelson’s 10 points and career-best 15 assists. Redick returned from missing three games with a shoulder injury to score 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting to get the Magic back in the win column. “You always want to see the fruits of your labor and in this business it’s wins and losses, and it’s just good for the guys’ psyche overall,” coach Jacque Vaughn said.