The Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 95-83 win over the Orlando Magic. Atlanta overcame a 13-point deficit early and closed the game with a 24-5 run to seal the victory.
Atlanta tied the game with a Dennis Schroder three-pointer to open the fourth quarter. Orlando responded with a 7-0 run to take a 78-71 lead. From that point on the Hawks went to work and dug in defensively holding the Magic to just 12 points in the quarter on 25 percent shooting. As has been the case for much of the season, Atlanta's defense fueled its offense as the Hawks shot 55 percent in the fourth and knocked down 5-10 three-point attempts.
Atlanta struggled early on and a big first half by Paul Millsap kept the game within reach. Millsap scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds. The Hawks shot just 38 percent in the first half and were 5-21 from three-point range through the first three quarters.
Atlanta received a scare midway through the first quarter when point guard Jeff Teague limped off the court with an ankle injury. Teague went to the locker room but later returned in the second quarter. He ended up playing 32 minutes and scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Schroder shared the backcourt with Teague for a long stretch in the second half and finished with 11 points despite a tough shooting night. Teague and Schroder combined to score 12 of Atlanta's 27 fourth quarter points.
Kyle Korver discarded his protective face mask early on and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds on 5-12 shooting. Thabo Sefolosha returned to the lineup for the first time in 23 games and went scoreless in just over seven minutes.
Elfrid Payton came close to another triple-double finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists but was just 7-19 from the field. Victor Oladipo scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while Nikola Vucevic logged a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Atlanta struggled defensively again for a long stretch of the game but found their footing late behind the play of Schroder and Kent Bazemore. The duo hooked up for a lob dunk at the end of the third quarter and the Hawks were able to carry that momentum into the fourth.
Atlanta will look to start another winning streak on Friday when they return home to face the Miami Heat at Philips Arena.