ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic defeated the Atlanta Hawks 135-126, which hits a record for scoring for Orlando.
The Hawks, coming off of a double overtime win over the New York Knicks the night before, came into Orlando on tired legs. The funny thing is that both the Hawks and the Magic were beating up the rim with off target, open shots.
Last night’s game was historic. It was the last night that NBa Legend Vince Carter would play at Amway Center. Carter proved that he still had what it takes as he went 3 for 3 from 3-point range for a tidy 9 points and seemed to appreciate the tribute from Orlando fans as the club played a highlight video form his time with the Magic.
Tre Young was a key focus for the Orlando defense, and Young was held to 3 for 11 shooting from deep, but he did manage to score a game high 29 points, many of which came from the free throw line. Young made 13 trips to the line and scored 12.
AS you can see by the score, both teams had god shooting percentages, with the Magic shooting 52.6% and Atlanta shooting 53.%. Though the Magic missed plenty of open looks, they managed to hit over 47% from 3.
The Magic managed to outscore the Hawks 37-35 in the 3rd quarter, and 42-30 in the 4th. The fatigue form the night before for Atlanta was taking it’s toll, and the Magic mad the pneeded plays to push through for the tin.
The newest player James Ennis III made key defensive plays for Orlando and even though he had minimal time on the court with the guys, Ennis made an awesome put back from a missed Magic shot to help them keep their momentum.
Some much needed rest is coming for Orlando, but they need to get past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at Amway Center. Then, the all-star break.