All six of Kyle Korver's three-pointers came in the second half on Sunday with four coming in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Hawks push past the Orlando Magic in a 103-100 win. The victory was Atlanta's third straight and vaulted them back into the playoff picture in a tightly contested Eastern Conference.
Korver's long-range shooting has been a key part of Atlanta's offense and has become a focal point for opposing defenses. He is still shooting 42 percent from three-point range this season which is a great number but not at the astronomical level that he was at last season. Defenses have made him work harder for looks.
Korver found just enough space on Sunday to save the Hawks. After taking just one shot in the first half, Korver knocked down 6-of-7 three-point attempts in the second including one with 43 seconds left that put Atlanta in front for good. Korver told reporters after the game that he is still searching for a rhythm this season.
"I haven't quite found my rhythm yet so it was good to see the ball go in the basket," Korver said. "I'll keep trying to find my rhythm and find my shot, and you try to stay confident."
Korver's shot chart for this season is again a thing of beauty but it just shows how high he set the bar over the last two seasons.
Turnovers prove costly again
The Hawks finished with 20 turnovers in Sunday's game which accounted for 24 points for the Magic. Eight of those came in the first quarter and allowed Orlando to build an early lead. Atlanta buckled down in the second and didn't turn the ball over once and outscored the Magic 27-13 in the period while building a 10-point lead.
Atlanta got loose with the ball again in the third turning it over nine times. The Magic roared back into the game outscoring the Hawks 36-25 in the frame. Atlanta tightened up again in the fourth turning the ball over just three times enabling them to pull out the victory.
The Hawks won on Sunday without a strong playmaking performance from either of their point guards. Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder combined for four assists and 10 turnovers. Teague's lone assist came on Korver's go-ahead three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining.
Mike Scott getting his chance
Mike Scott gave the Hawks an offensive boost off the bench on Sunday finishing with 15 points including three made three-pointers. Scott scored eight points during a 14-0 run by Atlanta in the second quarter. He ended up playing 17 minutes off the bench while finishing 6-of-10 from the field to go along with two rebounds and an assist. Mike Muscala was a DNP-CD for the second straight game.