Hawks Make Magic Disappear From Postseason With 84-81 Game 6 Win

The Atlanta Hawks, not Jameer Nelson, are off to see Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls after upsetting the Orlando Magic in the first round. Game 1 in the Hawks-Bulls series is on Monday in Chicago.

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Magic Vs. Hawks Game 6 Final Score: Atlanta Makes Orlando Disappear With 84-81 Win

The Atlanta Hawks will be going to the second round of the postseason. The heavily favored Orlando Magic will be going home.

Joe Johnson had 23 points and grabbed 10 boards and Jamal Crawford added 17 to lead the Hawks to a series-clinching 84-81 win over the Magic in Game 6 on Thursday night at Philips Arena.

Kirk Hinrich had 11 points, before leaving with a strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter and Al Horford netted 10 points and grabbed 12 boards for Atlanta, which advances to the second round to take on the Chicago Bulls.

"They never give us a chance," Atlanta forward Josh Smith said of the upset. "They never talk about the Hawks. They talk about Orlando, Chicago, Boston and Miami. We're always sneaking under the radar."

The pundits once again prognosticated against the Hawks, with few picking Atlanta to pull of the upset in the series. You could understand why, Atlanta didn't exactly impress in the second round last year.

The last time these two teams met in the postseason, Orlando quickly swept them out of the playoffs by an NBA-record average of 25.3 points per game. Vegas installed them as underdogs in every game and the series, including the final one at home. And Orlando guard Jameer Nelson told Chicago's Derrick Rose that, he'd see him in the second round.

Unfortunately, for the Magic, they had to play the games on the court.

"When you lose to a team by an average of 25 points, what better redemption than to play against them in the first round (the next year)," Crawford said. "We were up to the challenge."

Once again, the underdog Hawks got the job done in a game that they were not favored to win. But that's happened a lot with this Atlanta team that is derisively underestimated by the national press. Installed as two-point underdogs again on their home court, and called "the Birdbrains" by a local Orlando columnist, the Hawks entered this one with a chip on their shoulders.

"We came in at practice and there were a whole bunch of papers on our chairs," said Smith, who was still steaming at Orlando columnist Mike Bianchi after the win. "We didn't understand what it was. Everybody started reading. You could see the expression on everybody.

"Calling us birdbrains and dummies. I think that got us going. That really got us questioning ourselves. We just wanted to shut the guy up. ... That along with Jameer telling Derrick Rose he'd see him in the second round."

Smith was amped up and ready to go, even mixing things up a bit with that Orlando reporter after the team's morning shootaround. Coach Larry Drew shrugged of his team's perceived lack of mental toughness. And by the end of it Smoove and his teammates showed that the Hawks -- "fragile" or not -- were good enough to pull off the upset and advance to the second round.

"A lot of talk is going on," Hawks center Zaza Pachulia said. "It's part of the playoffs. We got to put it behind us. One thing I know is they wanted to go to the second round and they got to think of vacation."

Of course, this Hawks team didn't make it look easy.

Atlanta lead by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter before Orlando chipped away, cutting the lead to 82-81 on Jameer Nelson's layup with 34.3 seconds left.

Marvin Williams missed a crucial 3-pointer down the stretch, but Johnson grabbed the rebound and dished it back to Crawford, who was fouled with 8.2 seconds left. Crawford nailed both free throws to seal the win.

J.J. Redick missed a wide-open 3-pointer and the Magic got the rebound, but Smith blocked Jason Richardson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer to win the game.

"Tonight, I told the team that this was our Game 7," Johnson said. "It's big we took care of our home court."

Atlanta got it done by sticking with its tried-and-true game plan. Front Jason Collins and Zaza Pachulia on Dwight Howard and leave the other guys to guard Orlando's perimeter players. Atlanta had the size edge -- and with the exception of Game 5, where Orlando blew Atlanta out by 25 -- the trick worked.

The Magic reverted to form in Game 6, connecting on just 5-for-19 from beyond the arc as the Magic became pretty much a one-dimensional team that disproportionately relied on the former Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy star Howard.

Once again, it wasn't enough to pull Orlando to victory. 

Howard had 25 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 15 for the Magic, which lost the battle of the boards 38-31.


Hawks Vs. Magic Game 5 Final Score: Orlando Demolishes Atlanta 101-76 To Force Game 6 On Thursday

Atlanta Hawks fans know that their inconsistent team is more than capable of getting blown out on any given night. Unfortunately, it happened as the team was on the cusp of clinching a first round upset of the Orlando Magic. Now they'll have to go home and try it again

Jason Richardson netted 17 after missing Game 4 with a suspension and J.J. Redick posted 14 to lead the Magic to a 101-76 demolition of the Hawks in Game Five of their first round series at the Amway Center on Tuesday.

Ryan Anderson had 11 and Hedo Turkoglu, Brandon Bass and Jameer Nelson had nine each for Orlando, which cut Atlanta's lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2.

Game 6 will be at Philips Arena on Thursday night. If the Hawks look anything like they did in this one, Game 7 will be in Orlando on Saturday.

Yes, folks, this one was just plain ugly.

It was like the Hawks took all of those tried-and-failed game plans from that 2010 second round sweep by the Magic and said, "let's try that again."

The Hawks defense looked horrendous. They departed from their "cover the guy on the perimeter" plan and over-rotated. That left someone wide open on the perimeter, and unlike in the first five games of the series, Orlando had no problem draining them from beyond the arc. 

Orlando, which shot just 22-percent from 3-point range in the first five games of the series, looked rejuvenated from beyond the arc connecting on 42-percent (11-for-26) of their tries.

The end result was that the Magic did not need much from Dwight Howard, who finished seventh in scoring on the team with just eight points.

Yep, it was just one of those night for Atlanta's basketball team.

Josh Smith had 22 points for the Hawks on 7-for-18 shooting from the field. Many of those points came from a range you don't want to see Smith shooting from: long-range jumpers and 3-pointers.

Joe Johnson was a non-factor. He could simply not get anything going from the field, shooting just 2-for-12 for five points.

Jamal Crawford, who became the first player since Kevin McHale in 1991 to get over the 20 mark off the bench in the first four games of a playoff series, looked human, connecting on just 2-of-8 for eight points.

It was just ugly all around for an Atlanta team that looked like the team that was down in the series. The shots were desperate and ill advised at times. The willingness to take it to the hoop wasn't there. The end result was a whooping that was reminiscent of all of those playoff games that the Hawks played against the Magic last year.

You know that series -- the one where the Hawks lost by an NBA average of 25.3 points in a four-game sweep.

Atlanta's going to have to make their adjustments ahead of Game 6, get back to playing good defense and penetrating the paint on offense. It's time to "mature" put up or shut up guys. This performance was unacceptable.

Marvin Williams netted 12 points and Al Horford added nine and 14 boards for Atlanta, which committed 13 turnovers.


Hawks Vs. Magic Game 4 Final Score: Atlanta Outlasts Orlando 88-85 To Take 3-1 Lead In Series

Once again, the Atlanta Hawks defense shut down the Orlando Magic's perimeter game. This time, it cost the Magic the game.

Joe Johnson nailed four crucial free throws down the stretch and Hedo Turkoglu missed a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Hawks took a commanding 3-1 series lead with an 88-85 win over the Magic on Sunday night at Philips Arena.

Jamal Crawford continued his strong play off of the bench, netting 25 points to give Atlanta a chance to wrap up the best-of-seven series in Orlando on Tuesday.

"We're excited, we can taste that fourth win we need," center-turned-forward Al Horford told the team's TV broadcast. "Tuesday we're going to need to come out focused down there. It's going to be a battle."

The Hawks blew a double-digit lead in this one as the Magic used a furious second-half push to tie the game late. But each time Orlando seemed to gain a little bit of momentum, Atlanta calmed down, regained its composure, converted buckets and got the big stop when they had to.

Nothing was bigger than a Horford stop down the stretch.

Atlanta was staked to a tenuous three point lead before Orlando used their last time out and drew up the last play with just over 10 seconds left where the ball was fronted to Turkoglu. Horford poked the ball away from the Orlando 3-point sniper as the clock ticked down toward zero.

Turkoglu got the ball back, but only had time to throw up a rushed 3-pointer, which missed the mark to give Atlanta the win.

"I almost got the steal," said Horford, who also finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. "I got a little piece of the ball. I was trying to be aggressive. He had a good look, but the pressure got to him a little bit."

Imagine that, the pressure getting to a team other than a Hawks team considered brittle by some prior to the first-round series.

Atlanta took an 84-77 lead on a Johnson jumper with 1:39 left in the game before the Magic scored the next three buckets. Orlando cut the lead to 84-83 with 22.2 seconds left on a layup by Gilbert Arenas before quickly using their foul to give before fouling Johnson. The Atlanta All-Star, who signed a max contract in the offseason, coolly strolled to the line and connected on a pair of free throws to reestablish the three-point edge.

Howard followed with a put-back bucket off of an Arenas miss with 12.4 left, before Johnson was fouled and sent back to the line a second time with the same result.

Things are just falling perfectly into place for Atlanta.

"He was huge," Crawford told the Hawks' TV crew of Johnson, who finished with 20 points in this one. "He's our leader. He hit those big shots, connected on those big free throws."

The Hawks seemingly have turned around a season where Atlanta has been not-so-clutch at times at home. Forgotten are the memories of those 30-point losses on their home court and gone are those terrible memories of last year when Orlando celebrated on Atlanta's home court after sweeping the club's Eastern Conference Semi-Final series by an NBA-record average 25.3 points per game 

Those memories have been replaced with those of a stifling Atlanta defense that let Dwight Howard get his touches but absolutely shut down Orlando's perimeter game all series. That defense wasn't much better than in Game 4, where Orlando went 1-for-22 from behind the arc after connecting on their first 3-pointer of the game. Keep in mind we're talking about a Magic team that was one of the best teams in the league from beyond the arc in the regular season.

The Atlanta faithful will remember the memory of a Hawks fan reportedly heckling the hometown kid Howard about his "whining," with the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year retorting: "You wanna come back out here and play me? I'm averaging 33 points a game. Just drink your beer."

Yep, add a fan to the list of folks to get under Howard's skin, just like Zaza Pachulia, Jason Collins or whoever the Hawks fronted on Howard  in this series.

Atlanta fans will take home memories of the pestering, hacking and fouling the former Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy star, even to the extent where Orlando lost their second-leading regular season scorer Jason Richardson for Game 4 after he got into a fight with Pachulia in Game 3 -- sparred on by a rough foul by Pachulia on Howard.

Zaza missed this one, too, but his fighting spirit was evident in this Hawks team. A Hawks team that looked absolutely terrible when they dropped six straight games entering the playoffs. A Hawks team that few gave a chance in the series. A Hawks team that Vegas still bet against even after the Game 1 upset by installing them as an underdog in each of the first four games of the series -- even on their home court.

But this Hawks team is different. Somehow, some way, theyare on the brink of defying the so-called experts and making it to the second round.

What a difference a year makes.

"I think we're a little bit more experienced," Johnson said of the difference between this year and last. "We've gotten to the second round. We came into this series with a mindset that we were going to remain confident. We're just trying to ride this wave and win as many games as we can."

Howard had 29 points and Arenas added 20 off the bench for Orlando, which shot 39-percent (31-for-79) from the field.


Zaza Pachulia And Jason Richardson Suspended For Fight, Will Miss Game 4 Of Hawks-Magic Series

Zaza Pachulia and Jason Richardson were suspended one game each in the aftermath of their fight in Game 3 on Friday night at Philips Arena.

NBA Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced the penalty shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both players will miss Game 4 of the hotly-contested matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic.

The mele broke loose with 2:22 left in the game after Pachulia hacked former Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy star Dwight Howard in the lane. Howard retaliated with an elbow to the Atlanta big man's throat. Pachulia took exception and started lobbying for a technical foul.

Richardson then got into it with Pachulia in the key. The two continued their discussion under the Magic basket before Zaza unleashed a trio of headbutts to Richardson's noggin. Richardson retaliated with one of those open-handed slaps to the face that you'd see if you were out in a bar and said some sort of inappropriate thing to the wrong woman.

The Hawks ended up ahead in the deal in more ways than one.

Richardson starts for the Magic and is a prolific late-game 3-point threat. While Pachulia may bring a relentless intensity to the court, his numbers are nowhere comparable to J. Rich's.

The Hawks will simply go to Etan Thomas or another big man to pester, annoy and hack Howard, who has lead Orlando in scoring in each of the first three games of the series.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven first round set tips off at 7:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday at the Highlight Factory. Atlanta leads the series 2-1.


Hawks Vs. Magic Game 3 Final Score: Jamal Crawford Hits Highlight Reel 3-Pointer To Bank Atlanta To 88-84 Win

Jamal Crawford put the word "Highlight" in the "Highlight Factory." Zaza Pachulia and Jason Richardson put on their own little show, too. And the Atlanta Hawks finally exorcised those Game 3 demons.

Crawford connected on ridiculous banked 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to help the Hawks escape with an 88-84 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 3 of the first round matchup between the two clubs on Friday night at Philips Arena.

Zaza Pachulia and Jason Richardson were ejected for fighting down the stretch in a hotly contested game between two clubs looking for an edge in the series.

"I didn't call bank," he said at the post-game press conference. "I think the bank's closed right now. ... Actually I was looking for Joe (Johnson) or Al (Horford). I just tried to get to my comfort zone and get to my sweet shot. I felt comfortable getting there. Luckily, it went in."

In the end, it was the Hawks who will take a 2-1 lead in the playoff series. According to Fox Sports South, the Hawks snapped an eight-game Game 3 losing streak when going into that game in a series knotted at a 1-1 tie. The last time the Hawks won a game in that situation the team wasn't even in Atlanta. They were in St. Louis. The year? 1964.

"Feels great; feels good," Hawks center-turned-forward Al Horford said of the win. "We came out here and we played a really solid game throughout the game. This was our game. This was our game to win. We did it."

But getting to that win wasn't easy.

Brandon Bass nailed a jumper to post the Magic to a 84-83 lead with 1:01 left before Horford put Atlanta back ahead with a jumper on the other side of the floor. Atlanta ramped up its defense and got a huge stop in the ensuing possession, closing off the passing lane and forcing Hedo Turkoglu to take a tough 3-pointer. 

Turkoglu missed and Josh Smith grabbed the rebound. Crawford lead Atlanta back down the floor. Orlando actually played some great defense, closing off the Atlanta sixth man's options to pass the ball as the 24-second clock ticked down near zero.

No worries.

Crawford composed himself, eluded Jameer Nelson and banked a 3-pointer as the Philips Arena crowd erupted in a way that it hasn't since those three games here in first round of the 2008 playoffs against the Boston Celtics.

Off the glass, through the legs or from the Philips Arena rafters ala Michael Jordan-Larry Bird style -- it doesn't matter. The Hawks and their fans will take it -- as long as the ball goes through the hoop.

"It's one of those things where time stopped for a little bit," Horford told the Hawks television broadcast of Crawford's circus 3-pointer. "He's made that shot before. I'm just happy it went in."

Before a sellout home crowd all clad in white in "Dwight Out" conditions, the Hawks picked up the intensity. Zaza Pachulia was an absolute pest on Dwight Howard all night and things came to a boiling point down the stretch.

With Atlanta staked to an 81-79 lead with 2:22 left, Howard went to the post and Pachulia went in for the hack. Howard responded with an elbow to the throat. The Atlanta big from the Republic of Georgia started jawing for a technical on Howard. 

Instead, Richardson got in Pachulia's face as the duo went behind the Orlando bucket. Pachulia threw a headbutt. Richardson followed with a slap and both were ejected. Dwight Howard also picked up a technical on the play. Suspensions could be looming for Pachulia and Richardson as there's an automatic one-game ban for throwing a punch.

"I just got (an) elbow (from Howard)," Pachulia told Nubyjas Wilborn of nobiasnobullsports.com in an interview posted on YouTube. "It was obvious, they called a technical. I tried to tell the refs. Honestly, I didn't see Richardson there. He came from behind me and things got bad there."

The Hawks came out of the gate in this one strong, scoring nine of the first 11 points before the Magic tied it at 25 through one quarter. Atlanta opened up a nine point edge at the break, but Orlando quickly got back into it in the third, tying the game at 55 in as Atlanta connected on just 2 of their first 14 shots in the frame.

"I think we settled way, way too much for the perimeter (shots) to start third quarter," Hawks coach Larry Drew said.

Crawford had 25 and Joe Johnson added 23 for the Hawks, who had 20 assists on 34 field goals.

Howard netted 21 and Richardson had 14 for the Magic, who connected on an Orlando series-high eight 3-point tries.


Hawks Vs. Magic Game 3 Update: Jason Richardson, Zaza Pachulia Ejected For Fighting, Dwight Howard Gets T

Things are getting a little bit testy at Philips Arena.

Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia and Orlando Magic forward Jason Richardson were ejected with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter in Game 3 of the first round matchup between the two clubs at Philips Arena on Friday.

With Atlanta ahead 81-79, Dwight Howard went to the hoop and was hacked by Pachulia. Howard followed with by unleashing an elbow to the throat of Pachulia. A livid Pachulia began to campaign for a technical.

Richardson got into Pachulia's face and the two players continued to jaw under the Orlando bucket. Pachulia unleashed a couple of headbutts on Richardson. Richardson followed with a little bit of a slap before the two were separated by teammates.

"I just got (an) elbow (from Howard)," Pachulia told reporter Nubyjas Wilborn of nobiasnobullsports.com in  an interview posted on YouTube. "It was obvious, they called a technical. I tried to tell the refs. Honestly, I didn't see Richardson there. He came from behind me and things got bad there."

Pachulia and Richardson were both ejected for fighting. Both players will probably be suspended for Game 4. The NBA automatically suspends a player at least one game for throwing a punch, although Pachulia used his big head and Richardson threw more of a girl-slap than an actual punch.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Pachulia said. "I'm sure the league's going take a look, and I am going await a decision."

Howard was assessed a technical foul on the play for the elbow. Of course, he didn't think he quite did anything.

"I didn't see a tech," Howard said in a postgame press conference. "I didn't see a need for the tech. I was in the act of shooting when I got fouled I just went up. I don't think it should have been a technical foul for that.

"I didn't elbow him. You've seen me elbow somebody or come close to elbow somebody. I don't think that should be a technical foul. Especially after you review another play. The review is about the altercation."

We'll get video of the incident to you at some point, once it becomes available on the 'Net.


Dwight Howard Scores 33 To Lead Magic To 88-82 Win And Tie Series With Hawks At 1

For a brief moment, it looked like the Atlanta Hawks were going to give the Orlando Magic a run for their money down the stretch. But then Atlanta took a couple of jump shots and Orlando ultimately prevailed.

Dwight Howard had 33 points and grabbed 19 points to lead the Magic to an ugly 88-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first-round matchup at the Amway Center on Tuesday to knot the series at 1-1.

Jameer Nelson posted 13 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 10 for Orlando, which won despite shooting just 35-percent from the field (27-for-78) and dishing just nine assists.

The Hawks pretty much lost this one because they couldn't hit jumpers and got ravished on the boards. Atlanta connected at just a 40-percent (32-for-81) clip and lost the battle of the boards, 52-39.

"We were in good position," Atlanta center/forward Al Horford told the Hawks' TV broadcast afterward. "We were down 10 and made a run near the end. We had it going our way. We had a chance to win the game. We just have to take care of those little things like geting to the rebounds and things like that."

One of the little things Horford was talking about was that all-too-familiar missed tough mid-range jumper that sealed Atlanta's fate.

Orlando was cruising with a 12-point lead with 5:40 left in the game when Howard picked up his fifth foul on an illegal screen. Despite the foul trouble, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy kept the former Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy star in the game and Atlanta predictably went right at Howard at the post.

The three-time reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year had to cede ground to the Atlanta assault as the Hawks went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 78-76 after Horford swatted a Nelson shot and converted a give-and-go dunk with Josh Smith with 2:14 left.

Turkoglu added a layup to reestablish a four point cushion before Horford was stymied as he tried to get into the paint. Without any real help, he launched a mid-range jumper that missed the mark, Orlando controlled the rebound and the struggling Jason Richardson drained a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to make it 83-76 and essentially seal the ballgame.

"Toward the end we weren't able to get organized on the offensive end," said Horford, who also missed a 3-pointer on Atlanta's next trip down the floor.  "That forced me to take shots that I normally wouldn't take."

Both teams struggled to find their groove in this one. A normally proficient Orlando team had troubles once again from the 3-point line, connecting on just five of 23 from beyond the arc.

Atlanta was downright terrible on the glass in the first half, where they were outrebounded 32-15. The Magic had one more grab on the offensive boards (16) than the Hawks did in the first 24 minutes.

As a result, a Hawks team that lead by double-digits early in the second quarter went into the locker room down 48-42.

Horford spent most of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul 2:10 into the game. He still managed to finish with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jamal Crawford had 25 points and Smith netted 17 for Atlanta, which returns home for Game 3 on Friday night at Philips Arena.


Dwight Howard Scores 46, But Hawks Coast To Easy 103-93 Game One Win Over Magic

If someone told you that Dwight Howard was going to go off for 46 points and Jameer Nelson would score 20 in the third quarter, you'd tell them that the Atlanta Hawks wouldn't stand a chance, right?


Joe Johnson scored 25 and Jamal Crawford added 23 as Atlanta cruised to an easy 103-93 upset the Orlando Magic to win Game One of their first round matchup at the Amway Center on Saturday.

Al Horford netted 16 points and grabbed six boards and Josh Smith had 15 and eight for the Hawks, who began to get the bad taste of last year's embarrassing four-game sweep by the Magic out of their mouths.

So much for all those so-called "experts" who didn't give Atlanta much of a chance in the series.

"We could care less what they say," Johnson told SportSouth afterward. "All the guys in the locker room are confident. And we believe in each other and that's all that matters."

One could see why most experts and even Hawks fans wouldn't be picking Atlanta.

Not only did the Hawks lose six in a row entering the postseason, but they also were swept out of the playoffs by the Magic by a playoff-record 25.3 points per game last year. And they lost Game One in their Eastern Conference Semifinal Round matchup by 43 in Orlando's old arena.

What a difference a year makes.

So what was the difference coach Larry Drew?

"Composure," he said. "That was something we talked about coming into this series. One thing I wanted to emphasize to our guys is not to hang our hats on what happened in the regular season. We felt this was going to be a different Magic team than (we beat three games to one in) the regular season.

"I wanted our guys to come into the series with confidence, but I wanted them to respect our opponent. All I wanted us to do was play hard and maintain our composure."

The Hawks weren't perfect in this one, but they ultimately kept their composure and got the job done.

Yes, Atlanta let Howard have his way with the Hawks in the first half as the former Atlanta Christian Academy standout set a Magic playoff record with 31 first half points on 11-for-16 shooting from the field. But there was no shooting magic for the rest of the Orlando team, which netted just six field goals on 23 tries in the frame.

But the Hawks were having all sorts of fun and knocking down shots in transition to build a 55-48 edge at the break. Atlanta used an 11-0 run to extend the lead to double-digits in a third quarter where Nelson had all but three points of the Magic's offense.

Orlando cut the lead to single digits down the stretch, but it was never really a ballgame. Orlando had a chance to shave it to six, but Atlanta guard Kirk Hinrich, who missed a jumper on the previous possession stole the ball from the Magic and found a wide-open Crawford, who drained a 3-pointer with 1:24 left to give Atlanta a 101-90 lead.


"We were just sharp on both ends," Hinrich told the Hawks TV crew. "When we have that mindset, we can be a very dangerous team."

Dangerous indeed.

The Hawks did it with tenacious second half defense on Howard. The Orlando big was held to just three points in the pivotal third quarter and was so frustrated that he picked up another technical foul in the frame when he threw down Zaza Pachulia when Big Z went up for a shot in the third quarter. He played most of the fourth quarter with five fouls.

Orlando simply couldn't get the job done with just Howard and Nelson producing.

The Magic duo scored 73 of Orlando's 93 points and shot 63-percent (26-for-41) from the field. The rest of the missing-in-action Magic? They connected on just 8-of-34 tries from the field (24-percent).

The end result was Atlanta's first Game One win on the road since the Hawks took the first game in a best-of-five matchup over the Indiana Pacers on April 25, 1996. The Hawks won that series.

Hinrich finished with 13 points for Atlanta, which shot 51-percent (38-for-74) from the field.


2011 NBA Playoff Schedule: Hawks Vs. Magic Playoff Series Dates And Times

The Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic finally have their playoff schedule set.

Atlanta will head on down to the Magic Kingdom to open the series on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. That game will be on ESPN, SportSouth and 97.9 FM.

The full schedule for the series will be played as follows:

  • Game 1: Saturday, April 16 @ Orlando, 7:00 p.m., ESPN, SportSouth, 97.9 FM
  • Game 2: Tuesday, April 19 @ Orlando 7:30 p.m. NBA TV, Fox Sports South, 97.9 FM
  • Game 3: Friday, April 22 @ Atlanta 8:00 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN3D, Fox Sports South, 97.9 FM
  • Game 4: Sunday, April 24 @ Atlanta 7:00 p.m., TNT, SportSouth, 97.9 FM
  • Game 5*: Tuesday, April 26 @ Orlando, TBA, TBA, TBA, 97.9 FM
  • Game 6*: Thursday, April 28 @ Atlanta, TBA, TBA, SportSouth, 97.9 FM
  • Game 7*: Saturday, April 30 @ Orlando, TBA, TBA, Fox Sports South, 97.9 FM

*- if necessary.

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