Vucevic leads Magic over Hawks 101-91

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2019 08:41 AM
Vucevic leads Magic over Hawks 101-91
Atlanta Hawks' Vince Carter, left, reaches in attempting to steal the ball from Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 101-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Aaron Gordon added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who remained a game behind Miami in the chase for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Wes Iwundu helped Orlando overcome 38.8 percent shooting with a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 20 points.

Vucevic scored Orlando's first 13 points and sparked an early nine-point Magic lead.

When the Hawks called timeout with 6:51 left in the first quarter, Vucevic had made 6-of-8 shots while every other starter in the game was 2-of-16 from the field.

The Hawks never caught up, but were down by only five in the closing minutes when Terrence Ross came up with a steal and fed D.J. Augustin for a short jumper.

After averaging 123.1 points in their first 12 games after the All-Star break, the Hawks shot 42 percent and compiled their lowest scoring output since a 106-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Feb. 14 (Feb. 15, PHL time).

TIP-INS

Hawks: F John Collins, coming off five straight games of 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds, went to the bench with three fouls early in the second quarter and fouled out with 2:21 left in the game. ... The Hawks missed their first 11 three-point attempts and finished 8-for-35.

Magic: Michael Carter-Williams, signed to a 10-day contract Friday (Saturday, PHL time), got into the game in the first quarter and played 16 minutes, putting up five points and four rebounds. ... F Jonathan Isaac went scoreless in 26 minutes. ... The Magic are 3-0 against the Hawks this season and 57-58 all-time.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host Houston on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Magic: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

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