On Sunday the Atlanta Hawks met the Orlando Magic in their second matchup of the season. After a tough loss on Friday, the Hawks were seeking to recover themselves with a road win in Orlando.
To begin, the Hawks had similar offensive struggles as they did on Friday night. The Hawks didn’t score for the first 3:02 until a Saddiq Bey three-pointer. The offense remained stagnant prompting an early timeout by Quin Snyder when the Hawks went down 3-16 with 7:28 to play in the first quarter. Garrison Matthews later exited the game with an ankle injury while contesting a layup and would not return. Dejounte Murray’s 11 points and the Clint Capela, Onyeka Okongwu defensive duo would help cut the score to 28-32 heading into the second quarter.
The Hawks were able to steadily take a lead over the Magic with a Bogdan Bogdanovic three-pointer just over three minutes into the second quarter. The Magic would go back and forth with the Hawks until Trae Young scored at the free throw line putting the Hawks up by nine, which would be their largest lead of the game. The Hawks closed the half leading 60-51 allowing the Magic to score just 19 points in the quarter.
The Magic responded in the third quarter chipping away at their deficit with an 18-8 run over the first 5:41. The Hawks struggled to prevent extra scoring opportunities allowing 10 second chance points on 5 offensive rebounds. The Hawks didn’t help themselves either shooting 7-for-22 from the field and 1-for-8 from three. The Hawks found themselves trailing once again 78-85 at the end of the third.
The Hawks began cutting into the Magic lead in the fourth quarter with Young’s 11 points paired with 8 by Bogdanovic. The Hawks failed on several opportunities at the free throw line shooting 8-for-13. Later, the Hawks narrowed the deficit to one with an and-1 floater by Murray. They eventually tied the game with a Capela steal followed by a Bey dunk. Regulation ended 105-105.
The Magic began overtime by winning the tipoff and scoring a quick 5 points by Banchero. Free throws would bite the Hawks again as Capela missed two shots at the stripe. Both teams would continue to go back and forth until a Young three-pointer brought the Hawks within three. A bad turnover by Capela followed by a missed layup by Murray would seemingly end the path to victory. Overtime ended in a 110-117 defeat for the Hawks.
In one of the Hawks better performances this season defensively, they failed to make crucially needed baskets towards the end of regulation. Coming off a pair of thrillers last week, the Magic were able to take care of business with a 35-point night from Banchero.
The Hawks will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Wednesday.