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Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks Frustrate the Orlando Magic at Amway

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic struggled against Trey Young and the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Center Wednesday. In the first half, though, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

 

First Half

The Hawks swooped in aggressively in the first half courtesy of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who contributed 14 points off the bench. Young led the Hawks’ scoring with 18 points in the first half while Huerter put up 12.

Cole Anthony led the Magic scoring with 16 points while Wendell Carter, Jr. contributed eight points and led with five assists and seven rebounds.

The Magic actually put up a valiant effort in the first half leading the Hawks in:

  • points in the paint (28-18)
  • second chance points (8-6)
  • fast break points (11-9)
  • rebounds (27-26)
  • and assists (14-10)

That said, it all comes down to shots made, and the Hawks were better at that in the first half. Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanovic were five for eight on field goals, Trae You Young was four for nine. By comparison, Cole Anthony was six for 11 on field goals and Jalen Suggs three for 11.

At halftime the Magic lagged behind the Hawks 72-53.

 

Second Half

In the third quarter, the Hawks outscored the Magic again, 32 points to Orlando’s 29. As a result, the Hawks broke into the bonus by the end of the third quarter, 104-82. And much like the first half, the Magic showed more output, but landed fewer shots. The Hawks were 11 for 17 on field goals and two for six on three-pointers while the Magic were 11 for 25 and 4 for 12, respectively. To make matters worse, the Magic didn’t have any rebounds in the third.

The good news for the Magic was Cole Anthony breaking the 20-point mark for the 19th time this season, a franchise high.

Things remained strained for the Magic in the fourth quarter, despite breaking into the bonus.

Jalen Suggs summed up the Magic’s shortcoming postgame: “We need to do a better job of putting heat on the ball.”

The Hawks defeated the Magic 130-109.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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