Dorsey has 19 points as Hawks hold off Magic, 94-88
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 08:36 AM
Atlanta Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey (2) drives while trying to fend off the defense of Orlando Magic guard Rodney Purvis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
By Charles Odum, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points, including back-to-back baskets after Orlando trimmed Atlanta's lead to five points late in the game, and the Hawks beat the Magic 94-88 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's worst records.
Dewayne Dedmon had 17 points and 10 rebounds and rookie John Collins added another double-double for Atlanta with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak.
Orlando's Shelvin Mack hit two free throws with 2:16 remaining to cut Atlanta's lead to 89-84. Dorsey answered with a three-pointer and added a layup on Atlanta's next possession to stretch the lead back to double digits at 94-84.
D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 20 points, and rookie Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 15.
Orlando made only 34.4 percent of its shots from the field. Center Nikola Vucevic had 10 points on 3-for-19 shooting but led the Magic with 14 rebounds.
Positioning for the NBA draft lottery was on the line as both teams trail Phoenix in the race for the league's worst record.
With its third straight loss, Orlando (22-54) moved closer to Atlanta (22-55) at the bottom of the East.
The Hawks took a big first-half lead of 15 points and led 56-43 at halftime.
Orlando opened the second half with a 12-2 run, cutting the lead to 58-55.
The Magic pulled to within two points in the final period at 79-77.
Magic: Isaac scored in double figures for the third time. His previous career high was 11 points at Phoenix on Nov. 10 (Nov. 11, PHL time). ... After missing two games with an upper respiratory infection, rookie F Wes Iwundu started and had five points in 28 minutes. ... F Jonathon Simmons (right wrist contusion) missed his sixth straight game.
Hawks: F DeAndre Bembry had four points in 14 minutes in his return after missing 16 consecutive games with an abdominal strain. Including 18 games missed with a groin/adductor strain injury, Bembry had played only three games since Dec. 22 (Dec. 23, PHL time). Bembry played the final three minutes of the first period, launched an air ball on his first shot and then made his next two shots in the half.
Magic: Visit Knicks on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Hawks: Visit Heat on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) before hosting Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).